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After reading in the pop-up city about julien berthier’s balcon additionnel, and his attempt to reproduce a piece of Haussmann’s Paris in your own house, I come up with the work of Francisca Benitez. She has documented the process of adding informal balconies in Brooklyn, known as Jewish Sukkahs. These huts provide wild-like shelter reminding of the ones used by freed Jewish slaves in Ancient Egypt. According to Judaism, believers should sleep, pray, eat and spend time inside at certain times of the year. However, Jerusalem City banned these informal constructions last year, concerning safety matters, since authorities are not giving licenses any more.

[Image above> balcon additionnel by Julien Berthier] [Image below> Still from Brooklyn Sukkahs documentary by Francisca Benitez]

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