Conceived within the frame of “Decolonizing Architecture: scenarios for the transformation of Israeli settlements”, a project by the London–Bethlehem based architectural studio of Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman. Decolonizing Architecture was originally conceptualized and its pilot stage produced in dialogue with Eloisa Haudenschild & Steve Fagin partners in Spare Parts, a division of the haudenschildGarage.
With Barbara Modolo, Manuel Singer, Alessandro Zorzetto.
Salottobuono designed several ‘strategies of subversion’ for Israeli residential settlements in the West Bank and included them in a
“Manual of Decolonization”: a generic toolbox for post-occupation scenarios.
The manual determines to what extent the evacuated structures are flexible to accommodate new uses, and displays the various ways in which they can be adapted or transformed, on a detailed architectural scale.
Located on the hill of Jabal Tawil, 900 meters above sea level, the colony visually dominates the entire Palestinian area.
Until the occupation it was used as an open space for recreation.
The hills of Jerusalem and Ramallah were popular with families from the Gulf, especially Kuwaitis who travelled there to escape the summer heat (the people of Ramallah still call the hill “the Kuwaiti hill”).
In 1964, the municipality of Al Quds (Jerusalem) bought the land and prepared a plan for its development into a tourist resort. The work started in early 1967 with the construction of an access road. The work was interrupted by the Israeli occupation. In July 1981, on the initiative of the Likud party, the colony of P’sagot was inaugurated as ‘compensation’ to right-wing Israelis for the evacuation of the Sinai Peninsula.
The area designated for tourist accommodation was the first to be occupied by settler housing. The first houses set on the hill of Jabal Tawil were prefabricated structures wheeled over from Yamit, a settlement in the north of the Sinai. P’sagot is at present a religious settlement inhabited by 1,700 people, mainly American Jews and a minority of recent Russian and French immigrants….continue at Salottobuono