Dr.Arch. Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat: Architecture-in-Conflict – Resettling the Palestinian Refugees
Architecture-in-Conflict sheds a new perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by exploring the architectural and urban history of the Gaza Strip in times of war and rethinking the securitization of the Strip in times of (regional) peace. The current talk focuses on the historical and regional processes of modernization and development implemented by Israel from 1982 to the 1993 Oslo Accords. It will discuss the resettlement projects of the Palestinian refugees as part of the Cold War era of politics and economic aid. Furthermore, it will describe the transformation of strategies and technologies of pacification from the realm of warfare architecture to the cultural realm of development architecture. As a representative example, the talk will focus on the city of Khan-Younis and its adjacent camp, whose architectural ideology of resettlement was influenced by reintegration projects in Algiers and Oran and based on North African colonial Mediterranean architecture.