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Architecture of Dependency: Senan Abdelqader

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 06.12.2007:

Architect Senan Abdelqader’s proposal for the seventh architectural biennale in Sao Paulo, “Architecture of Dependency,” questions urban inequity in the development of Palestinian living space. By presenting a new museum for Umelfahem as a discussion crossroads, the proposal signifies for the Palestinian community a necessary existential path from the private to the public. Since the Sao Paulo central curatorial theme focus is the relationship between the private and the public, Senan Abdelqader – a young and notable talent in the architectural scene – has been chosen to present his typological proposal through his works.

From the architect’s statement:

The lack of a Palestinian city, in the Western meaning of “city” as a cultural centre, does not prevent the ability to break the peripheral barrier and the establishment of a productive intercultural exchange … The current Palestinian towns embody a paradox: the crowded urban formation, density, and size are parallel to a city, but the socio-cultural composition is similar to a village. This state can be described as urbanization without urbanity. The public space is unconscious, and therefore not in control, challenging us to a culturally significant initiative … Therefore the exhibition proposes a project that utilizes a cultural centre and other structures to express a value-centric urban statement in contrast to the historical formation of the organic village.

The project is a study installation built of two large glass planes at desk height surrounded with chairs. The planes present the public with architectural models, texts, photographs, computer presentations, architectural designs, and a catalogue.

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This Week in Palestine

December 2007

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