Landscape of Time and Immobility

Sharif, Y. 2019. Landscape of Time and Immobility. Landscape Research. 44 (7), pp. 872-891. https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2019.1623184

TitleLandscape of Time and Immobility
TypeJournal article
AuthorsSharif, Y.
Abstract

This paper sheds a light on the ephemeral landscape of Palestine. Under a deliberate process of ‘erasing, peeling, cutting and pasting’, the physical and mental maps of Palestine today are rapidly changing with the Palestinians being pushed out of the scene. This colonial project has been best represented by Sari Hanafi as ‘spacio-cidal’ as it targets the landscape and consequently the narrative of those who shape it.

Stemming from the need for an alternative discourse to narrate and redraw the map from a local lens, I use the village of Beit Iksa as an example to portray the spatial restructuring of the landscape. I show how ‘greening’ casts a shadow on the Israeli colonial strategies that lie beneath to alienate and ‘reinvent’ the rural scene. And yet, because for every strategy of control there is a tactic to resist, I show how through spatial interventions, I tried to rethink the rural and challenge its ideological transformation into a void; a leftover landscape shaped by time and immobility and yet is loaded with spatial potentials and open to change.

Keywordslandscape, contested, garden, void, responsive architecture, Palestine
JournalLandscape Research
Journal citation44 (7), pp. 872-891
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2019.1623184
Publication dates
Published online23 Aug 2019

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