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Architecture of Dependency: Senan Abdelqader
submitted by This Week In Palestine

Architect Senan Abdelqader’s proposal for the seventh architectural biennale in Sao Paulo, “Architecture of Dependency,” questions urban inequity in the development of Palestinian living space. By presenting a new museum for Umelfahem as a discussion crossroads, the proposal signifies for the Palestinian community a necessary existential path from the private to the public. Since the Sao Paulo central curatorial theme focus is the relationship between the private and the public, Senan Abdelqader - a young and notable talent in the architectural scene - has been chosen to present his typological proposal through his works.

From the architect’s statement:
The lack of a Palestinian city, in the Western meaning of “city” as a cultural centre, does not prevent the ability to break the peripheral barrier and the establishment of a productive intercultural exchange … The current Palestinian towns embody a paradox: the crowded urban formation, density, and size are parallel to a city, but the socio-cultural composition is similar to a village. This state can be described as urbanization without urbanity. The public space is unconscious, and therefore not in control, challenging us to a culturally significant initiative … Therefore the exhibition proposes a project that utilizes a cultural centre and other structures to express a value-centric urban statement in contrast to the historical formation of the organic village.

The project is a study installation built of two large glass planes at desk height surrounded with chairs. The planes present the public with architectural models, texts, photographs, computer presentations, architectural designs, and a catalogue.

For further information, please visit www.senan-architects.com.

This Week in Palestine
December 2007

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