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Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Eyal Weizman’s extraordinary map of Israeli control over the West Bank forces us to see the Israel-Palestine conflict in a new way.

Two states in one homeland: solving the riddle of Resolution 2334

A two-state solution has international legitimacy, while a deeply integrated polity seems the only realistic option on-the-ground. Does Two States One Homeland square the circle while giving dignity and human rights a chance

'Clean territory': urbicide in the West Bank

The Israel–Palestine war is not simply a struggle over territory between two national entities. It is driven by Israel’s systematic denial of modern urban life to the Palestinians. One of the lessons of the battle of Jenin is that the bulldozer that demolishes houses is also a weapon in the wider strategy to prevent the Palestinians from creating a modern, normal, urban society.

Professionals in Israel

A major Berlin exhibition on the architectural politics of Israel’s West Bank settlements has just been abruptly cancelled by the Israeli Association of United Architects. Paul Hilder tells a story of political censorship, intellectual complicity with power – and the ethical responsibility of true professionals.

From separation to interpenetration: a response to Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman’s analysis of Israel’s three-dimensional control of the West Bank is a striking example of how all national mythologies require an intimate connection between identity and place. But what happens when, as in Israel–Palestine, different histories collide in the same territory? Does the logic of national sovereignty override the ethical imperative of a single-state solution?

11. Control in the air

Now and in the final settlement proposals, Israel holds control of the airspace over the West Bank. It uses its domination of the airspace and electromagnetic spectrum to drop a net of surveillance and pinpoint executions over the territory. Control in the air photoessay

Airspace is a discrete dimension absent from political maps.

10. Roads --; over and under

A bewildering network of bypass roads weave over and under one another, attempting to separate the Israeli and Palestinian communities.

9. Jerusalem

From the struggles over Haram al-Sharif (the Temple Mount) to the historic stone with which all Greater Jerusalem is now clad, Jerusalem is an intense case study of the politics of verticality.On 24 September 1996, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the opening of a subterranean archaeological tunnel running along the foundation of the Western Wall, underneath the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound. Thus the Government demonstrated its control of all parts of Jerusalem, above and below ground.

Subterranean Jerusalem is at least as complex as its terrain.

8. Excavating sacredness

In a quest for biblical archaeology, Israel has attempted to resurrect the subterreanean fragments of ancient civilization to testify for its present-day rights above ground.When the Zionists first arrived in Palestine late in the nineteenth century, the land they found was strangely unfamiliar, different from the one they longed for. Reaching the map coordinates of the site of their yearnings was not enough.

7. From water to shit

The aquifers deep below the West Bank are a battleground, just as much as the rivers of sewage split through its valleys by both Israeli and Palestinian settlements. Politics of shit photoessay The subterranean spaces of the West Bank are inhabited by underground aquifers, archaeological sites, and infrastructure systems, as well as sacredness hidden from view.

5. Optical urbanism

optical urbanism- photoessays to come

6. The paradox of double vision

Photoessay on settlement brochures to come Emanuel brochure photoessay

The journey into the mountains, seeking to reestablish the relation between terrain and sacred text, was a work of tracing the location of “biblical” sites, and constructing settlements adjacent to them.

4. West Bank settlements

Many different types of settlements perch atop the hills of the West Bank, providing islands of biblical identity that are also strategic vantage points

2. Maps of Israeli Settlements

None of us have a coherent mental map of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Architect Eyal Weizman explains why. We’re missing verticality. In this series of articles and photo-essays, he paints the extraordinary, three-dimensional battle over the West Bank: from settlements to sewage, archaeology to Apaches. Weizman introduces the experience of territory in the West Bank, which explodes simple political boundaries and “crashes three-dimensional space into six dimensions– three Jewish and three Arab”.

3. Hills and valleys of the West Bank

Mountains play a special part in Zionist holiness. The settlers’ surge into the folded terrain of the West Bank and up to its summits combines imperatives of politics and spirituality

1. Introduction to The Politics of Verticality

None of us have a coherent mental map of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Architect Eyal Weizman explains why. We’re missing verticality. In this series of articles and photo-essays, he paints the extraordinary, three-dimensional battle over the West Bank: from settlements to sewage, archaeology to Apaches.

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