Peace ‘at Last Sight’: The Other Face of ‘Warchitecture’

dc.contributor.author Saifi, Yara
dc.contributor.author Hürol, Yonca
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-19T11:40:23Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-19T11:40:23Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-26
dc.description.abstract The first part of the title of this article purposefully recalls Walter Benjamin’s interpretation of ‘love at last sight’ in connection with Charles Baudelaire’s famous poem entitled ‘To a Passerby’ in his famous book ‘The Flowers of Evil’. The poem was written about a lost chance of love. Within the title of this article it is used in relation to the concept of peace. The other part of the title contains Andrew Herscher’s concept of ‘warchitecture’, which is used to describe destroyed or semi destroyed pieces of architecture in political conflict zones. The paper intendeds to represent another face of warchitecture, which has nothing to do with physical destruction. By making value judgements regarding examples of architectural aesthetics, which exist within a long-term conflict zone—Jerusalem; Mosche Safdie’s David Village and Santiago Calatrava’s Bridge of Strings will be discussed. Peacefully they may stand in their appearance, they express a ‘nonbeing peace’ when analyzed in relation to their context. Accordingly, this paper questions both buildings’ attempts to peace and harmony when discrimination is taking place against Palestinians in Jerusalem. By articulating the relationship between the representation of ‘nonbeing’ and the destruction of buildings’ ‘warchitecture’ during wars, the paper shows that neglect can be another tool of destruction towards Palestinians and their culture. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research received no external funding. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2075-5309
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.alquds.edu/handle/20.500.12213/4946
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.subject warchitecture en_US
dc.subject architectural aesthetics en_US
dc.subject peace en_US
dc.subject Jerusalem en_US
dc.title Peace ‘at Last Sight’: The Other Face of ‘Warchitecture’ en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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