Elisa Ferrato

PhD

Making space under occupation. The rhetoric of buildings and the perception by the occupied population. The West Bank case study

Qualifications

Master of Architecture (Honours)

Supervisor(s)

Dr Brigitte Piquard, Dr Marcel Vellinga

Research project

Architecture of Occupation (specifically the artefacts built by the Israeli occupant in the West Bank) on the occupied population’s perception of the environment. The research further analyses Palestinian place making practices, such as the way in which the community has organised the space or has eventually derived specific architectural practices from its perceptions and experiences of the architecture of occupation.

The work focuses on four objectives:

  1. The definition of Architecture of Occupation, as it can be found in different countries
  2. The identification of forms and narrative of the Architecture of Occupation in the Palestinian context
  3. The study of the influence of Architecture of Occupation on the Palestinian perception of space and place
  4. The analysis of the way Palestinians objectify this perception into physical spaces

The analysis of the Palestinian place-shaping choices tries to explain if there is an ongoing process of “colonisation of the mind”, resulting in the adoption of the coloniser’s habits or, on the opposite, in rejection and resistance. The research will explore the possible significance of the Occupation for the Palestinian vernacular language of architecture, to see if it results in a possible loss of the sense of (architectural) culture, authenticity and belonging.

Elisa Ferrato

PhD
Making space under occupation. The rhetoric of buildings and the perception by the occupied population. The West Bank case study

Supervisor(s)
Dr Brigitte Piquard
Dr Marcel Vellinga