Objectified Landscapes

SAIC / 2018
Vellum, thread, ink, paper, book cloth, screw posts.

Objectified Landscapes was a final project for the “Design Thinking for Social Change” course at SAIC, in which each designer chooses a social issues to conduct thorough quantitative and qualitative research to propose a design solution that makes measurable progress.

My research revolved around the impact of the Israeli Occuptation on Palestinian cultural genocide specifically on the lived corporeal environment (such as architecture, infrastructure, agruculture and land) and the use of détournement* as a form of decolonization. My approach involved thorough research into traditional and historical architecture within the region, and Palestinian architectural heritage sites, as well as Israeli settlements and infrastructure to provide a framework for Palestinain architects in the future.

The process of the project involved writing a proposal in the form of a book – which I expanded into a thorough research publication called Objectified Landscapes that included infographics, maps and illustrations – creating a mood-board and visual research, and establishing a solution. My potential solution for this complex problem was creating a visual 3D model of what this approach could tangibly look like.

* détournement is a concepted developed by the Letterist International in the 1950s, which means a variation on previous work, in which the newly created work has a meaning that is antagonistic or antithetical to the original

From The Palestinian Arab House and the Islamic “Primitive Hut” by Ron Fuchs
Hinanit settlement near Jenin. Image courtesy of The Funambulist Magazine