The occupation is an environment that was conceived to strangulate Palestinian communities, villages and towns, to create an environment that would be unliveable for the people there," says Weizman. Local Israelis and Palestinians explain how it feels to live in a landscape where everything, from walls and roads, terraces and sewage, to settlements and surveillance are designed to ensure the separation of the two peoples, while simultaneously maintaining control. Visiting Nablus and Jenin, he explains how the Israeli army pioneered a new kind of modern urban warfare through its deep understanding of architecture. But Weizman has found a way for architecture to resist. And cotton silk, linen, notebooks, books — all torn apart like the unspoken words of people who did not have the time to say them. Thousands of buildings in Gaza have succumbed in recent weeks.
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Michael Sorkin, Animal Houses Sheep , The contemporary prophet of public space and urban conviviality died in a hospital—one of the last places where physical proximity is still possible, indeed, unavoidable.
The virus diagrams the kind of social interaction that Michael championed in a vibrant city that had now nearly totally close down, the price of human contact having become too high. The rest of the mourning must be done in isolation—and my heart goes to Joan who cannot benefit from the proximity of those that loved them dearly.
Michael was also my architectural god-father. In a number of small but crucially corrective interventions, he put me on my path. He read my books when they were still drafts, giving comments, helping find titles and publishers. Only a few weeks ago he took the time to campaign for me when I was not allowed to travel to the United States, just as he often did for others less privileged. We met in , when, as a young admiring student at the AA, I was one of those campaigning for him to be the new director of the school.
In short he constructed on his own a polymorphous entity through which to realize various aspects of his wide urban visions. At the same time, he continued to advocate his ideas in a stream of essays and books, and to sketch them in numerous visionary schemes and drawings. Many of the latter are still unpublished, but Joan assures me that they will coming out soon.
Learning from his struggles with the kind of New York developers that now run the US, he brought his sense of urban justice, and feisty activism to Palestine, Northern-Ireland, and the US Mexico border.
Since architecture was part of the problem, it owed a certain debt, and Michael encouraged architects to pay up by inventing solutions. In , an impish trickster, Michael seduced a group of Palestinian and Israeli architects and other intellectuals to a conference on occupied and segregated Jerusalem at a lake-side villa in Bellagio, Italy. We listened together as Michael insisted, more optimistically than most of us, that we could use architecture to do something about this injustice, although he understood that, by itself, unaccompanied by the fundamental political changes we must all struggle for, architecture could do very little.
He was right, at a time when the grip of architecture tightens all around us, when the builders of walls, towers, and digital surveillance systems are in charge, and when authoritarianism is using the global health emergency to encroach on our civil liberties—we all need to channel something of Michael and continue the fight.
He will now bring his to gods and angels. Go on Michael, give them hell! Eyal Weizman.
Forensic Architecture debuts its first U. Eyal Weizman , the founder of Forensic Architecture, published an open letter detailing his visa denial by the Department of Homeland Security ahead of the Miami event. According to The New York Times , Weizman first received the news via email and when he tried to apply for another visa application, an interviewer at the U. I am alarmed that relations among our colleagues, stakeholders, and staff are being targeted by the U. Two projects, however, are dedicated to events in Venezuela and Chicago. Each video overlaps in six different time scales during and following the shooting. Another investigation on view is a never-before-seen project co-produced by the museum called Hebron: Testimonies of Violence
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Architecture and the built environment is a kind of a slow violence. The occupation is an environment that slowly was conceived to strangulate Palestinian communities, villages and towns, to create an environment that would be unliveable for the people there. The exhibition they created was entitled A Civilian Occupation and was a passionate expose of the role of architecture in the occupation and repression of Palestine. The Israel Association of United Architects IAUA withdrew its support, cancelled the exhibition and destroyed the catalogues, but the incident won Weizman and Segal worldwide attention. The Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, which Weizman runs together with the Palestinian architect Sandi Hilal and the Italian architect Alessandro Petti, is a multi-media project which tries to imagine the future of the Occupied Territories after "decolonisation". On cases ranging from drone strikes to genocide, Forensic Architecture interrogates the physical ruins and debris left behind, drawing on various media — archaeological scans, mobile phone footage, interviews with witnesses — and creates detailed, architectural reconstructions of events in an attempt to establish an order of events. Most recently, their work has been used by a United Nations investigation into drone strikes.
Professor Eyal Weizman
Photograph: Forensic Architecture In a man walked into an internet cafe in Kassel, Germany, and shot dead Halit Yozgat , a year-old member of the Turkish-German family who owned it. It was the ninth in a series of racist killings by neo-Nazis, the motivation for which the police persistently refused to admit. He took part in a police video reconstruction in which he is seen placing his payment for his internet access on the reception table, unaware of the corpse on the floor behind it. Through creating a full-scale mock-up of the cafe interior, and analysing the sound of the two shots loud enough, even with a silencer , the dispersal of their smoke and the sightlines of the agent — a tall man — as he put money on the table behind which the young victim was sprawled, it was demonstrated that Temme could not possibly have failed to hear, smell and see the crime. Forensic Architecture , whose work is going on show next month at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, is an agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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Michael Sorkin, Animal Houses Sheep , The contemporary prophet of public space and urban conviviality died in a hospital—one of the last places where physical proximity is still possible, indeed, unavoidable. The virus diagrams the kind of social interaction that Michael championed in a vibrant city that had now nearly totally close down, the price of human contact having become too high. The rest of the mourning must be done in isolation—and my heart goes to Joan who cannot benefit from the proximity of those that loved them dearly. Michael was also my architectural god-father.