The second couple of articles of the editorial project The Writings on the Wall kicks off with Matt Johnson's guide on the recent proliferation of extraterritorial sites outside conventional laws and borders, from Special Economic Zones to physical/digital hybrid infrastructures.

It all started with 3 Beiruti’s joining Archis RSVP event #06 Amman/Ramallah in 2004 which two years later lead to Archis RSVP event #10 Beirut, dedicated to “Unbuilt”, on destruction as a deliberate act of design. Since then, we’ve established a network, friendships, a body of work. Now we went back for the first time since Covid, amid a financial decline and in the aftermath of the ammonium nitrate blast of August 2020.