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Title: Weaponize Architecture: Architecture as Agency of War
Authors: Abu-Jidi, Nurhan ×
Kittaneh, Abedalrahman #
Issue Date: 2015
Series Title: Architectural Theory Review vol:19 issue:3
Abstract: This paper aims at analysing the position of the city and its architecture in warfare, in terms of its perception and deployment in military operations and resistance. First part of the paper highlights the intimate relation between city and its architecture with war through history linking military industry development with city planning and design. Second part of the paper articulates the debate about architecture, politics and power in an attempt to demonstrate how architecture is no way neutral and how in many times it plays a crucial role in urban warfare. The third part presents the Nablus case during the Israeli invasions in the Second intifada 2000. It presents how the city and its architecture is politicized and weaponized in both military control and resistance. Using the concept of inverse geometry the analysis demonstrates how several pre-established concept of visibility frontier, wall, outside, inside, domestic and public are blurred and reinterpreted in moments of crises to adapt to needed situation being military control or resistance that in many times happen in the same space and time but on different X, Y and Z coordinate. Consequently reflecting the multiplicity and complexity of architecture and its space that this paper Geoff Manaugh calls Nakatomi Space : wherein buildings reveal near-infinite interiors, capable of being traversed through all manner of non-architectural means.
ISSN: 1326-4826
Publication status: submitted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Architecture and Society (+)
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