“Decolonizing Architecture: The Future Archeology of Israel’s Colonization”
Alessandro Petti teaches Urban Studies in the al-Quds-Bard Honors College in Abu Dis, and is one of the founders of “Decolonizing Architecture,” an innovative think-and-act-tank based in Beit Sahour (Palestine). DA is at once a studio for spatial experimentation, a network for political research and discussion, and a lab for imagining a future in spite of everything.
In his talk Petti presented three recent projects by the Decolonizing Architecture team. He writes: “Whatever trajectory the conflict over Palestine takes, the possibility of further partial — or complete — evacuation of Israeli colonies and military bases must be considered. Zones of Palestine that have or will be liberated from direct Israeli presence provide a crucial laboratory to study the multiple ways in which we could imagine the reuse, re-inhabitation or recycling of the architecture of Israel’s occupation at the moment this architecture is unplugged from the military/political power that charged it.”