War of Streets and Houses


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2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award Nomination

Ignatz Award Nomination for Outstanding Graphic Novel

The War of Streets & Houses is named after General Thomas Bugeaud's 19th century essay; the first manual for the preparation and conduct of urban warfare. The text greatly influenced Baron Haussmann's famous re-development of Paris, and the planning of modern cities. In 2012 the author participated in the massive Montreal student strikes. In the midst of protesting crowds and police kettles, the military origins of urban planning suddenly became an undeniable reality. Sophie Yanow's ambitious work deftly melds the history of urban planning, theories of control with personal experiences of political activism.

Sophie Yanow was born north of San Francisco in 1987. In 2011 she moved to Montreal, and with the Colosse collective published In Situ, her acclaimed autobiographical comics series. She was an invited artist- researcher for the Canadian Center for Architecture’s “C for Condo” workshop, and her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Canada. Her most recent graphic novel, The Contradictions, was published by Drawn & Quarterly.