Archinect - News 2014-04-23T23:43:39-04:00 Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture Alexander Walter 2014-03-26T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:23:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NOT only in 2013 did the building of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the core of a would-be Palestinian state, grow at twice the rate of 2012; its uniform architecture is increasingly attracting Palestinians. In place of their distinctive rough-hewn stone houses, Palestinian builders now tend to prefer the uniform style of red-roofed houses that mark out Israeli settlements. &ldquo;People always look up to the colonial power, even if they resent it [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA proposes boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects' over Palestinian settlements</a></p> RIBA proposes boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects' over Palestinian settlements Archinect 2014-03-20T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:04-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the international body, saying it is complicit in the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and other violations of international law.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The full <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA motion</a>, proposed by RIBA Immediate Past President, Angela Brady, and passed by the RIBA council on March 19 was:</p><p><em>Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13* of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.</em></p><p><em>*UIA's Resolution 13 (2005 and 2009) states that &ldquo;The UIA Council condemns development projects and the construction of buildings on land that has been ethnically purified or illegally appropriated, and projects based on regulations that are ethnically or culturally discriminatory, and similarly it condemns all action contravening the fourth Geneva Convention&rdquo;.</em></p> Eyal Weizman on legacy of Ariel 'the bulldozer' Sharon Nam Henderson 2014-01-12T22:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T00:43:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Sharon's architecture involved not only destruction but also construction. The other major projects he undertook, besides the destruction of the camps, was an attempt to "pacify" the refugees by constructing and forcefully relocating a few thousand of them into Israeli-style social housing blocks next to major Palestinian cities".</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the recent news of Ariel Sharon's passing, Eyal Weizman (architect, professor and director of the Forensic Architecture) reviews the legacy of construction and destruction he left behind. As "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daddy of the Settlement movement</a>"&nbsp;his legacy has decisively shaped the built environment of today's Israel and Palestine. For more on his political legacy you can also read Jonathan Cook <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brendan Cormier</a></p> Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute? Archinect 2013-08-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to fill the gap between the broad stroke of policymaking and the reality of life on the ground,&rdquo; says Bar-Sinai, who recently returned to Israel after a yearlong fellowship at Harvard University. &ldquo;Only thinking about these questions from the 30,000 foot high perspective isn&rsquo;t enough.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo</a></p> The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo Archinect 2013-07-26T20:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T15:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As John Kerry was trying to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority late last week, the "Architactics" exhibition opened at the ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery in Tel Aviv Port. This coincidence provides an injection of realism into what, a week earlier, seemed like a series of interesting mental exercises, but far from the present reality. The aim of the exhibition... is to mobilize tools from the world of design and architecture to help to promote the peace talks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is based mainly on a territorial problem, and therefore architects must play a central role in finding its solution," says architect Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, who, together with fellow architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, founded Saya in 2006. Since then, they have been working to shape the nature of the diplomatic solution below the media radar, outside the architectural discourse and away from peace organization conferences.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute?</a></p> "swing" by JerusaLAB Architecture Archinect 2013-05-01T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T17:56:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Israeli practice JerusaLAB Architecture has sent us a tiny but mighty project titled simply, <em>swing</em>: a seesaw penetrating the massive concrete border fence between Israel and Palestine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "The project claims to portray the possibility for peaceful acts in the Israeli Palestinian environment where face to face relationships are absent," designers Elena Mann and Eldar Gantz explain.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "Placing a swing inside a concrete element of the separation wall is an act that requires a blind cooperation and trust. The work suggest a positive romantic view on a conflictual relationship manifested in concrete borderline disorder."</p> <p> <strong>Project Credits:</strong></p> <p> Architects: Elena Mann &amp; Eldar Gantz<br> JerusaLAB Architecture, Jerusalem</p> <p> Elena Mann is an interdisciplinary designer based in London. Eldar Gantz is an architect/artist based in Jerusalem.</p> Editor's Picks #302 Nam Henderson 2013-02-13T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T21:41:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were released for d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. The Grand Prize: went to The Emperor's Castle, designed by Thomas Hillier, UK. In response homme_du_jura applauded "I'm very glad to see Thomas Hillier's work recognized...A beautiful piece!"</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> feature, Archinect published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Horizons Iceland Expedition</a>, which was a compendium of results from a trip The Bartlett School of Architecture Unit 3, wherein "<em>Twelve 2nd and 3rd year students designed, built and tested a series of shelter/surveying devices (they were told to make &ldquo;sure it fits in the check-in luggage) to research and charted varied aspects of Iceland</em>&rdquo;.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were released for d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. </a>The Grand Prize: went to The Emperor's Castle, designed by Thomas Hillier, UK. In response <strong>homme_du_jura</strong> applauded "<em>I'm very glad to see Thomas Hillier's work recognized.&nbsp; He submitted this piece for another competition a few years ago and was duly recognized, even as it went a bit beyond the competition's established criteria. A beautiful p...</em></p> Preserving Palestine’s architectural heritage Nam Henderson 2013-01-03T19:55:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:22:22-05:00 <img src="" width="475" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Salameh is heading the &ldquo;Adh Dhariyeh&rdquo; project, in the south of Hebron, where he began with single-building restoration and has progressed to a community centre and two schools...&ldquo;Dhariyeh is one of 50 historical sites whose renovation Riwaq has undertaken and which constitute 50 per cent of the architectural heritage of Palestine.&rdquo; Salameh says. &ldquo;There are almost 900 old buildings and the project is funded by the Arab Fund in Kuwait.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Rafique Gangat writes about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riwaq</a>, a Palestinian non-profit organisation established in 1991 in Ramallah, by a group of architects, many trained in the West. Riwaq aims to safeguard Palestinian heritage through a number of projects including; the establishment of a National Register of Historic Buildings, various publications, an on-line exhibition of Palestinian tiles and their 50 Villages Project. Following the completion in 2007 of a comprehensive architectural survey of Palestine, Riwaq decided to focus their efforts towards the restoration and rehabilitation of 50 villages, which contain 50% of all historic buildings, in rural areas of the West Bank and Gaza.</p> <p> HT <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryan Finoki</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">subtopes</a></p> Infographic: Palestinian homes demolished Orhan Ayyüce 2012-08-30T14:13:00-04:00 >2012-09-10T00:52:22-04:00 <img src="" width="483" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) argues that, seen in their totality since 1967, these home demolitions amount to an intentional "policy of displacement".</p></em><br /><br /><p> As all the hoopla winds down on Venice Biennale about social movement/architecture/urban design and dance parties, another year passes without doing anything about the&nbsp;eradication of&nbsp;Palestinian homes in occupied territories.&nbsp;Spontaneous&nbsp;Interventions..? Nah. &nbsp;It is all systematic...</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p> In Gaza, real estate is at a premium Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T18:10:36-04:00 >2011-07-11T19:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="175" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you believe the adage about real estate -- that bit about the three most important things being location, location, location -- then one would think there are few places worse to own a home than the Gaza strip. [...] And yet, home prices are up sharply.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>