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Architecture engineering, Architectural design

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This is my review of an Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) lecture by AAU Anastas, two brother architects from Palestine, which was delivered in Trinity College in December 2022. It was published in Architecture Ireland 327, the RIAI January / February 2023.

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Stone in architecture has “territorial and political implications” as its use and designation impact the human rights of the indigenous population. The craft of stereotomy is not just bequeathed from the Crusaders or more recent imperial colonists but has a diverse blended history that is deeply ingrained in Palestinian built culture. Such theses inform the experimental work of Elial and Yusef Anastas, two brother architects who operate from Bethlehem what they term a counter hegemonic practice with the stated aim of “decolonising architecture”.


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