Category Archives: Advocacy

Investing the professional skills of architecture and planning in political and legal campaigns to challenge the structures of spatial power. Within the dominant legal framework, this might involve offering expert opinions to support court petitions and planning objections, or the preparation of counter-plans. In a wider sense, the notion of ‘advocacy’ extends to seeking the intervention of forces outside of this dominant framework, lending the same weight of expert opinion to more overtly ‘political’ campaigns aiming to ensure an atmosphere of accountability.

A 'Manual of Decolonization'

Palestine: Between Spatial Realities and Engaging the Imagination

by Ahmad Barclay and Dena Qaddumi This article was originally published on Jadaliyya as a part of the recent roundtable in response to ‘Occupation Law and the One State Reality’ by Darryl Li, which was featured on this site last month. You can read the … Read More

Return to Kufr Bir'im

Why not Return? Towards Return of Palestinian Refugees

by Eitan Bronstein This Thursday, 15th September, a remarkable exhibition will open in Tel-Aviv, seeking to engage head-on with the legacy of the Palestinian Nakba. Curated by Zochrot and entitled ‘Towards return of Palestinian refugees’, the exhibition brings together a collection of projects that engage … Read More

Banner against house demolitions

Tent 1948: Challenging Conceptions of ‘Social Justice’ in Israel

by Abir Kopty The following article was originally published on Mondoweiss. It is re-published on arenaofspeculation.org with kind permission from the author. Abir Kopty is a media analyst and consultant and political activist, she is a former city council member in Nazareth & former spokeswoman … Read More

Mavi Marmara

Freedom Flotilla II: Towards Ending the Siege on Gaza

In the coming week, activists from across the world are taking part in a collective action aimed at ending the siege of Gaza. Freedom Flotilla II (dubbed the “Stay Human” flotilla in memory of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni) is expected to bring together ships from … Read More

Jaffa Graffiti

The ‘Housing Intifada’ and Its Aftermath

By Daniel Monterescu This article was originally published under the title ”The ‘Housing Intifada’ and Its Aftermath: Ethno-Gentrification and the Politics of Communal Existence in Jaffa” in Anthropology News, December 2008, pg. 21. (Republished on arenaofspeculation.org with permission from the author.) Jaffa, an ethnically “mixed town” located minutes away … Read More