LA POLITIQUE DU BULLDOZER: LA RUINE PALESTINIENNE COMME PROJET ISRAELIEN
Publisher: B2 Editions (French)
This francophone book examines five historical episodes since 1948 that present the process of ruination of Palestinian housing undertaken by the Israeli army. The argument of the book consists in the hypothesis that this destructive process is actually thought strategically in the same way an architectural project is being conceived and designed. A particular emphasis is brought on the military and political carrier of Ariel Sharon and on the Caterpillar customized D9 bulldozer that have been systematically used by the Israeli army since its introduction in the mid 1950s.
TOPIE IMPITOYABLE: THE CORPOREAL POLITICS OF THE CLOTH, THE WALL, AND THE STREET
Publisher: Punctum Books (English-French) & Deleyva (Italian)
Illustrated by Loredana Micu
What is a body? This book is more invested in raising the question than in offering a definitive answer. Instead, it questions some stereotypes concerning structures located at various degrees of proximity to the body’s material assemblage, allowing a better integration of the surrounding objects, atmosphere and other bodies and proposing a political reading of their relationship to the body, whether deliberate or accidental. From the hoodie that Trayvon Martin wore when he was killed in the suburbs of Miami Gardens, Florida, to the streets of New York City during Occupy Wall Street and the apartheid wall in Palestine, this book moves through a series of episodes that illustrate how bodies and objects of all sizes are enmeshed in deeply entangled political relationships.
THE FUNAMBULIST PAPERS: VOLUME 2
Publisher: Punctum Books
This book is the second volume of texts curated specifically for The Funambulist since 2011.The editorial line of this second series of twenty-six essays is dedicated to philosophical and political questions about bodies. This choice is informed by Léopold Lambert’s own interest in the (often violent) relation between the designed environment and bodies. Although the readers won’t find indications about the disciplinary background of the contributors — the “witty” self-descriptions at the end of the book being preferred to academic resumés — the content of the texts will certainly attest to the broad imaginaries at work throughout this volume. Dialogues between dancers and geographers, between artists and biohackers, between architects and philosophers, and so forth, provide the richness of this volume through difference rather than similarity.
THE FUNAMBULIST PAPERS: VOLUME 1
Publisher: Punctum Books
This book is a collection of thirty-five texts from the first series of guest writers’ essays, written specifically for The Funambulist weblog from June 2011 to November 2012. The idea of complementing Lambert’s own texts on his blog with those written by others originated from the idea that having friends communicate with each other about their work could help develop mutual interests and provide a platform to address an audience. Thirty-nine authors of twenty-three nationalities were given the opportunity to write essays about a part of their work that might fit with the blog’s editorial line.
THE FUNAMBULIST PAMPHLETS: VOLUME 1-15
Publisher: Punctum Books
The Funambulist Pamphlets is a series of small books archiving articles published on TheFunambulist, collected according to specific themes. These volumes propose a different articulation of texts than the usual chronological one. The twelve first volumes are respectively dedicated to Spinoza, Foucault, Deleuze, Legal Theory, Occupy Wall Street, Palestine, Cruel Designs, Arakawa + Madeline Gins, Science Fiction, Literature, Cinema, and Weaponized Architecture. As new articles are published on The Funambulist, more volumes will be published to continue the series. The Funambulist Pamphlets is published as part of the Documents Initiative imprint of the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design, a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential
WEAPONIZED ARCHITECTURE: THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF INNOCENCE
Weaponized Architecture is an examination of the inherent instrumentalization of architecture as a political weapon; research informs the development of a project which, rather than defusing these characteristics, attempts to integrate them within the scene of a political struggle. The proposed project dramatizes, through its architecture, a Palestinian disobedience to the colonial legislation imposed on its legal territory. In fact, the State of Israel masters the elaboration of territorial and architectural colonial apparatuses that act directly on Palestinian daily lives. In this regard, it is crucial to observe that 63% of the West Bank is under total control of the Israeli Defense Forces in regards to security, movement, planning and construction. Weaponized Architecture is thus manifested as a Palestinian shelter, with an associated agricultural platform, which expresses its illegality through its architectural vocabulary.