JUNCTION 60/437: A STUDY OF LANDSCAPE RUPTURE IN THE WEST BANK
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02.07.19 JUNCTION 60/437: A STUDY OF LANDSCAPE RUPTURE IN THE WEST BANK Author: Ahmed Alaqra
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The landscape of the Palestinian region had endured several transformations during the past century. This transformation was aimed at serving the different political and economic structures that governed the area (Wagstaff, 1999). The agrarian landscape was subjected to different processes of transformation that altered it physically and perception wise. Those changes and especially the ones that are associated with politics and economy were to be assumed as a Rupture of the Landscape since they were forced and imposed.

 

In this research project, I would like to morphologically trace the Palestinian landscape and associate the changes with the different authority structures that contributed to its rupture. The morphological approach will aid toward the identification of the different variations and forms of rupture that have existed/still existing in the context of Palestinian landscape and specially along part of the cities and villages of Masār Ibrāhīm.

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Ahmed Alaqra is an architect, a researcher and currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Paris Diderot XII, Paris, URMIS laboratory. He graduated with a bachelor degree in architecture from Birzeit University and a Master of Urbanism from the University of Edinburgh. His interests mainly include politics and the philosophy of architecture and space; he is also interested in mobilising architectural practices to counter political, social and economic hierarchies. Currently, Ahmad is engaged with several academic and artistic projects, highlighting the need for non-architectural practices that would deconstruct spaces rather than constructing them. 

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