Saturday, July 16, 2011

ArtTerritories presents Designing Civic Encounter


Designing Civic Encounter
July 21­24, 2011
Sharek Youth Forum, Ramallah

Symposium . workshop . tour

Yazid Anani (Ramallah), Shumon Basar (London), Taysir Batniji (Gaza), Suhad
Bishara (Haifa), Teddy Cruz (San Diego), Rami Daher (Amman), Hangar
Alessandro Petti (Beit Sahur), Muhammad Shtayyeh (Ramallah), Omar Yousef

Curated by Shuruq Harb and Ursula Biemann

Designing Civic Encounter is a series of interventions engaging in existing
and potential forms of urban development and public culture. The event will
unfold through a bus tour traversing urban locations within and around
Ramallah city enabling debates and conversations at different stations, a
two-day symposium on questions of urban transformations in Palestinian and
other Arab cities, and a full day workshop with visionary social architect
Teddy Cruz.

Inspired by ongoing dialogues on ArtTerritories' website and by the wider
civic movements in the region, ArtTerritories proposes an open forum for the
inquiry and discussion of the public urban experience under the current
in planning, financing and building practices. Although Ramallah is a
relatively small city, it has experienced radical urban expansions and
population growth since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and the
consequent establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1996. Real Estate
the main target for foreign corporate investment today. What kind of living
space do these investments create?

The bus tour will highlight a number of distinctive urban landscapes that
be considered emblematic of wider political issues taking place in
In a close reading of contemporary urban restructuring in the region, the
symposium brings to light that the Palestinian context is not as unique and
isolated as it may appear but in fact shares many commonalities with rapid
developments in Beirut, Amman and Dubai.

The project is conceived as a vibrant multimedia laboratory of ideas and
debate. During four days, the city will be under investigation through
cultural and artistic initiatives, innovative research projects and

Attracting an active local and international roster of architects, artists,
educators, environmentalists, community activists and politicians, the
event hopes to be a catalyst to produce new civic imaginations and
urban policies towards a more inclusive social sustainability.

A digital publication will be made available at
<> at a later date.

English and Arabic

Free Admission

The project is initiated and produced by ArtTerritories, online publishing
platform for Art and Visual Culture in the Arab World co-founded by Shuruq
Harb and Ursula Biemann.

For more information or if you wish to receive the program folder, please

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