reTURN

Extracts from “reTURN: Strategie Spaziali di Ritorno per i Rifugiati Palestinesi”
by Maria Rocco

Historical mapping of land use

Historical mapping of land use (Maria Rocco)

The word ‘Return’ has the dual meaning of ‘coming back’, which speaks here of the right of Palestinians to come back to what they consider their home-land, and ‘changing again’, which here refers to the re-narration of the character of this land, aiming to implement this right, while also responding to the transformation of the territory over the past 60 years.

reTURN is a proposal for the scenarios of potential futures. It starts from a present of destruction and obliteration and imagines the spatial transformations necessary to effect a return, even if ephemeral.

A sampling grid of 50x50m for the investigation of spatial strategies

A sampling grid of 50x50m for the investigation of spatial interventions (Maria Rocco)

Following the precedent of practices of return already taking place among Palestinians, this project elaborates ‘minimal’ strategies of manipulation of the existing spatial condition to reorientate the functional logic of the space and set it free for public use.

Spatial intervention on the site of the cemetery

Spatial intervention on the site of the cemetery (Maria Rocco)

Spatial intervention on the site of the mosque

Spatial intervention on the site of the mosque (Maria Rocco)

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