Open Gaza: Architectures of Hope (Hardcover)

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By Michael Sorkin (Editor), Deen Sharp (Editor), Sara Roy (Preface by)
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Cutting-edge analysis on how to improve life inside the Gaza Strip through architecture and design, illustrated in full-color

The Gaza Strip is one of the most beleaguered environments on earth. Crammed into a space of 139 square miles (360 square kilometers), 1.8 million people live under an Israeli siege, enforcing conditions that continue to plummet to ever more unimaginable depths of degradation and despair. Gaza, however, is more than an endless encyclopedia of depressing statistics. It is also a place of fortitude, resistance, and imagination; a context in which inhabitants go to remarkable lengths to create the ordinary conditions of the everyday and to reject their exceptional status. Inspired by Gaza's inhabitants, this book builds on the positive capabilities of Gazans. It brings together environmentalists, planners, activists, and scholars from Palestine and Israel, the US, the UK, India, and elsewhere to create hopeful interventions that imagine a better place for Gazans and Palestinians. Open Gaza engages the Gaza Strip within and beyond the logics of siege and warfare, it considers how life can be improved inside the limitations imposed by the Israeli blockade, and outside the idiocy of violence and warfare.

Contributors Affiliations Salem Al Qudwa, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA
Hadeel Assali, Columbia University, USA
Tareq Baconi, International Crisis Group, Brussels, Belgium
Teddy Cruz, University of California-San Diego, USA
Fonna Forman, University of California-San Diego, USA
M. Christine Boyer, Princeton University, Princeton, USA
Alberto Foyo, architect, New York, USA
Nasser Golzari, Westminster University, London, UK
Yara Sharif, Westminster University, London, UK
Denise Hoffman Brandt, City College of New York, USA
Romi Khosla, architect, New Delhi, India
Craig Konyk, Kean University, Union, NJ, USA
Rafi Segal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA
Chris Mackey, Payette Architects, Boston, USA
Vyjayanthi V. Rao, Terreform, New York, USA
Sara Roy, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Mahdi Sabbagh, architect, New York, USA
Meghan McAllister, architect, San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Deen Sharp, London School of Economics, UK
Malkit Shoshan, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Pietro Stefanini, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Michael Sorkin (1948-2020) , City University of New York, USA
Helga Tawil-Souri, New York University, USA
Omar Yousef, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem
Fadi Shayya, The University of Manchester, UK

About the Author

Michael Sorkin passed away in 2020. He lived in New York City. Deen Sharp lives in the UK. Sara Roy is on the faculty of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781649030719
ISBN-10: 1649030711
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 348
Language: English