Category Archives: Critical Speculation

In its broadest sense, ‘critical speculation’ could be described as the creative application of detailed knowledge of the spatial conflict in a manner devised to expose its fault-lines and to provoke critical debate and practice. As an example, the act of design – ‘paper architecture’ – allows for the selective adherence to (or subversion of) the political and legal constraints of the dominant spatial regime. In turn, this defines a platform on which to propose future plans (provocative, aspirational or eminently realisable), to frame alternative narratives of the present, or simply to extrapolate the logic of the dominant forces to their ultimate spatial conclusion.

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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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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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Re:LIFTA, Within the Right to Plan is the Right to Imagine Return

By Mahdi Sabbagh Lifta digital art exhibition poster (Collective MIP) A picturesque ascent overlooking Wadi el-Shami greets every car driving from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem. The valley is dotted with trees and shrubbery, adorned with a family of stone houses. Those familiar with Palestine’s … Read More

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This Place They Dried From The Sea: An Interview with Kamal Aljafari

By Nasrin Himada This interview originally appeared on Montreal Serai. It is re-published on arenaofspeculation.org with kind permission. For those based in the UK, the film Port of Memory will be screened in London later this month — including a Q&A with director Kamal Aljafari … Read More

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Playing in a Landscape of Separation Lines and Practices

By Idit Elia Nathan Hegemonopoly/Machsomopoly by Idit Elia Nathan ‘Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons … Read More