Israeli-born, London-based architect Eyal Weizman talks about the architecture of exclusion, violence and control in the occupied territories of the Middle East. Using architecture as an "arena of speculation" about possible futures of Palestine, Weizman deals with how Israeli settlements and military bases can be reused, recycled or re-inhabited by Palestinians, at the moment that it is unplugged from the military and political powers that charge it. Rather than undo the power of what Weizman describes as Israel's architecture of occupation, the project seeks to turn it on its head, reorient and thus liberate its potential. Set up as a collaboration between Weizman, Sandi Hillal and Alessandro Petti in Bethlehem, the project is produced by Eloisa Haudenschild and Steve Fagin, partners in Spare Parts, a division of the haudenschildGarage.
Weizman is the author of Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation published by Verso in 2007. Weizman studied at the Architectural Association at Goldsmiths College in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium at Birkbeck College. He co-curated the exhibition A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture and co-edited the publication of the same title. These projects were based on his human rights research and were banned by the Israeli Association of Architects. They were later shown in the exhibition Territories in New York, Berlin, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Malmo, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. He is currently the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College.
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