Case Study

PALESTINE: Return to Nature

The project is typical of the kind of interventions deployed by Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency DAAR, an art and architecture collective based in Bethlehem, Palestine, and lead by Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal and Eyal Weizman The studio is mobilizing architecture as a tactical tool within the unfolding struggle for Palestine. It seeks to employ physical interventions to open an arena for speculation and a possible horizon for further transformations. DAAR’s work does not start from a utopian blueprint but rather from what exists. Probing politics through architectural interventions and mobilizing architecture politically, it acts to subvert, reuse, profane and recycle the existing infrastructure of a colonial occupation. It employs political, legal and architectural approaches, simultaneously or separately, bluntly or ironically in articulating the contours of a detoured world in which all physical and organizational structures are reused, but not in the way they were originally designed for.

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Author: Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
Location: Oush Grab, Palestine
Project partners: Palestinian Wildlife Society (http://www.wildlife-pal.org/)
Factors for success: Time, Identification, Collaboration, Safety
Websites:
http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/?page_id=210
http://haudenschildgarage.com/4018/decolonizing-architecture-one-of-artforums-top-ten-projects.htm
Book of Migration:
http://arteeast.org/content/files/userfiles/file/migration_web3.pdf
http://arteeast.org/content/files/userfiles/file/activism_web.pdf

 

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