Territoria was our first attempt to get a comprehensive understanding of the territorial aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, also by illustrations.
With contributions by Alexander Kedar, Edo Amin, Eyal Weizman, Khaled Khalil, Matthijs Bouw, Rassem Khamaissi, Rinat Berkovitch and Yehoshua Gutman.
It has always, since the dawning of its time, been one constantly bound to dynamic mutations. Mutation brought by circumstance, tension, and violence.
Like no other, Israel illustrates the invalidity of planning in the traditional sense.
As it shows, time and time again, how judgment succumbs to that which is primarily political in nature, rather more tactical than pragmatic, strategic than practical.
It is shaped and comprised out of blunt maneuvers, all carefully planned, with the thought of survival in mind, for better or worse.
The dramatic changes in the physical construct formed by wars and peace treaties are well drawn in recorded history. Those of the more subtle nature; those that stretch through years and years; those that are molded by the invisible threads of politics; those are far from documented, hardly exposed, and scarcely discussed.
These are the movements we aspire to reveal, map and explore.
It is of supreme importance, in our minds, to expose those abnormal phenomena and to deconstruct their manifestation. These unusual conditions and outcomes form an important case study, analyzed in such a way in which the volumetric echoes of its representations shall resonate into a renewed perspective of our duties as architects and planners.
Edited and illustrated by Malkit Shoshan and Vitala Tauz
Published by The Association of Forty. Haifa, 2002.