Eyal Weizman – The Politics of Verticality: the Architecture of Warfare in the West Bank

Lecture date: 2004-11-10

Based on research and a map-making project undertaken with the human rights organisation Btselem, Eyal Weizman and Rafi Segal curated/edited the exhibition and publication A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture. These projects were banned by the Israeli Association of Architects, but have been shown in Europe and the US and are scheduled for Tel Aviv and Johannesburg.

Weizman’s current projects implicate architecture and the built environment in issues of politics, warfare and human rights. In this lecture he explores the spatial and legal dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a laboratory for emerging practices and tactics across the open frontiers of todays conflicts. A guest professor of architecture at the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Eyal Weizman is an architect and critic based in Tel Aviv and London. After graduating from the AA he worked for Zvi Hecker in Berlin. In 1999 he set up a practice with Rafi Segal with the aim of integrating architectural projects with research and writing.


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