Key-note : future archaeology
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Israeli-born, London-based architect Eyal Weizman is the the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College. He is the author, most recently, of “Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation” published by Verso in 2007, his forthcoming book “The Best of All Worlds Possible” engages with the dilemma of the “lesser evil” in the context of a global culture of Human Rights. Together with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Weizman has recently set up an architectural studio in Bethlehem. Using architecture as an "arena of speculation" the studio employs a range of architectural and cultural techniques to deal with the question of how Israeli settlements and military bases could be reused, recycled or re-inhabited by Palestinians, at the moment that they are unplugged from the military and political powers that charged it. The project, that will be presented in the context of the Cyprus seminar, does not articulate a utopia of ultimate satisfaction and should not be thought of in terms of a “solution”. Rather it is seeking to mobilize architecture as a tactical tool within the unfolding struggle for Palestine and to employ physical interventions to open a possible horizon for further transformations.
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