Category Archives: Spatial Analysis

Applying the analytical skills of architecture and planning as a means to expose the present spatial reality and the mechanisms of spatial domination that construct and maintain it. These include the ability to carry out spatial research in itself – interrogating maps, aerial photographs, planning documents and legal documents, and the undertaking of empirical surveys – and the means to synthesise and communicate its findings in a vivid and graphically compelling manner to a wider audience.

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Fighting new Nakba in the Negev

By Ben White This article was originally published on Al Jazeera English. It is posted on arenaofspeculation.org with kind permission from the author. From the refugees in 1949 looking over the Lebanese border at the land from which they were expelled, to the students in … Read More

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On Strategies of Spatial Appropriation and Resistance in Palestine

By Ahmad Barclay and Dena Qaddumi This article was originally posted on opendemocracy.net as part of the Cities in Conflict Series. The establishment of the village Bab Al-Shams (“gate of the sun”) on 11 January 2013 represented a new evolution in the unfolding patterns of … Read More

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Parallel Walks in Al-Khalil

By Isis Nusair This article is a co-publication, also appearing on Jadaliyya alongside arenaofspeculation.org. I last visited Al-Khalil (Hebron) with my family when I was a child in the mid 1970s. I only have vague recollections of that visit, except for the place where Ibrahim … Read More

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Considering the Political Agency of Residual Landscapes in the West Bank

by Suzanne Harris-Brandts Amidst a series of dramatic events in recent weeks, the Palestinian strife of living under Israeli occupation for close to half a century has once again entered global media attention. Contributing to the headlines were two new Israeli announcements of Jewish-only settlement … Read More

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Ramallah: The ‘Transforming City’

by Nura Alkhalili This photo essay was originally published in the Berkeley Planning Journal. It is republished on arenaofspeculation.org with kind permission from the author. The piece, based on a study between May and November 2011, traces the evolution of a wall located between a … Read More