A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture

Segal, Rafi; Tartakover, David and Weizman, Eyal, eds. 2003. A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture. London; New York: Verso. ISBN 9781859845493 [Edited Book]

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Bringing together essays and photographs by leading Israeli practitioners, and complemented by maps, plans and statistical data, A Civilian Occupation explores the processes and repercussions of Israeli planning and its underlying ideology. It demonstrates how, over the last century, planning and architecture have been transformed from everyday professional practices into strategic weapons in the service of the state, which has sought to secure national and geopolitical objectives through the organization of space and in the redistribution of its population. In fact, as the book shows, Israeli architecture has consistently provided the concrete means for the pursuit of the Zionist project of building a national home for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. As such, it is the first study to supplement the more familiar political, military and historical analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict with a detailed description of the physical environments in which it is played out.

The banning of the first edition of this book by its original publisher was proof, if any were needed, that architecture in Israel, indeed architecture anywhere, can no longer be considered a politically naive activity: the politics of Israeli architecture is the politics of any architecture.

With contributions by Meron Benvenisti, Zvi Efrat, Nadav Harel, Gideon Levy, Ilan Potash, Sharon Rotbard, Efrat Shvily, Eran Tamir-Tawil, Pavel Wolberg, and Oren Yiftachel

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Edited Book

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2004, Une Occupation Civile, La Politique de l’Architecture Israelienne, Paris: Les Edition de L’imprimeur, (French)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures
Visual Cultures > Centre for Research Architecture


September 2003

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21 Mar 2017 16:03

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07 Jul 2017 15:21



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