Located on the edge of the desert in the town of Beit Sahour in Palestine, the architectural collective Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) has since 2007 combined discourse, spatial intervention, collective learning, public meetings, and legal challenges to open an arena for speculating about the seemingly impossible: the actual transformation of Israel's physical structures of domination. Against an architectural history of decolonization that sought to reuse colonial architecture for the same purpose for which it was originally built, DAAR sees opportunities in a set of playful propositions for the subversion, reuse, profanation, and recycling of these structures of domination and the legal infrastructures that sustain them.
DAAR's projects should be understood as a series of architectural fables set in different locations: an abandoned military base near Beit Sahour, the refugee camp of Dheisheh in Bethlehem, the remnants of three houses on the Jaffa beach, the uncompleted Palestinian Parliament building, the historical village of Battir, the village of Miska destroyed during the Nakba, and the red-roofed West Bank colony of Jabel Tawil (P'sagot) next to Ramallah-El Bireh.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Decolonizing Architecture 5
Prelude: The Morning After 24
Chapter I Returns 38
Chapter II Ruins Under Construction Gabriel Cuéllar 68
Chapter III How to Re-inhabit the House of Your Enemy? 84
Chapter IV Return to Nature 122
Chapter V A Common Assembly Nicola Perugini 150
Epilogue Al-Mashà () or The Return to the Common 178
Acknowledgments: The Making of DAAR 188