Public Space With A Roof

Malkit Shosha

An architect from Israel. Both the past and future can be constructed or destroyed, literally, through what we choose to build, protect and create in the physical world. No more so than in the Middle East, where the Israeli and Palestinian conflict is acted out through the architecture and physical planning on the land. Behind the seemingly down to earth work of Israeli spatial planners lies a reality which is actively reshaping the land into a divided state. While for Israeli towns and villages a future is constructed, the so-called ‘unrecognized Arab villages’ remain blank areas on planners drawings, or are literally wiped off the map. A territorial battle is now being fought with spatial planners tools. Shoshan founded FAST, the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory, to challenge the ethnocratic planning system in Israel.