Military Architecture anno 2010 (Palestine)

As a consolation for my absence from the meeting today, I bring you news of an extremely interesting lecture I attended in Oslo last night. It might be especially relevant to anyone working with military architecture, but I think it should be of general interest as well.

The lecture was held in connection with an exhibition of a project called Decolonizing Architecture, that is dealing with how architectural intervention into the structures of Israeli settlements and military bases, can transform these places from their dominant form into more equal communities for both Israelis and Palestinians. The talk however, was more focused on the spatial practices that the Israeli military has learned from architects, in order to extend the occupation of the West Bank. It was held by an Israeli architect, Eyal Weizman, who studies how (israeli) politics are expressed as spatial conditions in Palestine, where the situation is so intense and the examples of domination through architectural means are so many. This guy also leads the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths university in London, which is based on “practice led theory”, and so could be interesting in reference to our own research in the EK.

Here are links for further reading about the project and the research centre, and I am happy to tell you more about the lecture if you are interested.

http://www.0047.org/events/view/35
http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/?page_id=2
http://roundtable.kein.org/

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Military architecture-Stephen Spiteri

Some of us have been reading Stephen Spiteri’s books on the fortifications of Malta. I also found this website called militaryarchitecture.com which has a few lectures by Spiteri on Malta:

http://www.militaryarchitecture.com/index.php/Building-Methods/french-military-architecture-in-malta.html

Also, do we have any additional information on what’s ahead the rest of this semester?

Antonio

A Regeneration Strategy For Valletta

I found this article for a “A Regeneration Strategy For Valletta” which is a case study made by ENTRUST, a research project supported by the European Commission.

It talks about the different issues of Valletta, such as demographical issues, economic and social issues, tourism, physical aspects and infrastructure. It mentions also reasons for degradation of buildings such as pollution, traffic etc.

The website of the research project is this, as a pdf you can download it here.

Another interesting text about Subterranean Valletta, its water reservoirs, cisterns and tunnels can be read here.

If you find similar texts about these environmental/occupation issues and about the water collection system, I would be grateful if you could share them here/ with me 😉

\\ Alina