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Architecture of Resistance

Cultivating Moments of Possibility within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

By Yara Sharif

© 2017 – Routledge

18 pages

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About the Book

Architecture of Resistance investigates the relationship between architecture, politics and power, and how these factors interplay in light of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It takes Palestine as the key ground of spatial exploration, looking at the spaces between people, boundary lines, documents and maps in a search for the meaning of architecture of resistance. Stemming from the need for an alternative discourse that can nourish the Palestinian spaces of imagination, the author reinterprets the land from a new perspective, by stripping it of the dominant power of lines to expose the hidden dynamic topography born out of everyday Palestine. It applies a hybrid approach of research through design and visual documentary, through text, illustrations, mapping techniques and collages, to capture the absent local narrative as an essential component of spatial investigation.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. A Journey Across the Vanishing Landscape: Making Sense of My Territory

2. The Art of Resistance

3. Bringing Life Back to the Historic Centre of Birzeit

4. Under the Surface

5. Air

6. Seeing Less and Less of the Other

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Yara Sharif is a practicing architect and an academic, she is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and at Oxford Brookes University and is a partner at Golzari-NG Architects London, an award winning practice that has developed a reputation of working on sustainable community projects with specific interest in issues of cultural identity and responsive design. Her work generally stretches internationally where she mainly looks at design as a means to facilitate and empower forgotten communities, while also interrogating the relationship between politics and architecture. Sharif has co-founded Palestine Regeneration Team (PART); a design-led research group that aims to search for creative and responsive spatial practices in Palestine. Her research by design was granted the 2013 commendation award – RIBA's President Award for Research for Outstanding PhD Thesis. Her built projects have won a number of awards. She was granted the 2016 RIBA President Award for Research (commendation) in the cities and communities category.

About the Series

Design Research in Architecture

Bridging a range of positions between practice and academia, this series seeks out the best proponents of architectural design research from around the world. These texts will be varied in tone and structure, and will discuss aspects including design method, visual representation, textual analysis, social processes, and strategies for action. The series is to be deliberately inclusive in order to encourage a novel and vibrant kind of approach for architectural research. Each of the books will contain a large amount of serious and innovative historical or theoretical research, combined with creative propositions realized through a mixture of drawings, models and textual analysis. It is the essential symbiotic interplay between these components which creates the framework for design research in architecture.

The precise working of the interplay of text and project in architectural design research remains a much debated and relatively unformed issue, and this is of course symptomatic of the conditions facing any newly emerging subject area. The broader questions and theoretical structures of design research have formed the basis of discussions in international refereed journals such as The Journal of Architecture, and there is undoubtedly more intellectual work to be done in such areas. But there is also the need to form knowledge and method through actual propositions, with these studies enabling their authors not just to explore, propose and reflect on their specific subject-at-hand, but also on the wider nature of design research in general. It is for this express reason that this series aims to publish as widely as possible a number of the very best outputs in the field of design research, to allow others to use them as exemplars or to take issue with them through reasoned critique. It is a fertile time for design research and this book series will act at the heart of these investigations and discussions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC001000
ARCHITECTURE / Criticism
ARC010000
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning