Synopses & Reviews
From the tunnels of Gaza to the militarized airspace of the Occupied Territories, Eyal Weizman unravels Israel’s mechanisms of control and its transformation of Palestinian towns, villages and roads into an artifice where all natural and built features serve military ends. Weizman traces the development of this strategy, from the influence of archaeology on urban planning, Ariel Sharon’s reconceptualization of military defence during the 1973 war, through the planning and architecture of the settlements, to the contemporary Israeli discourse and practice of urban warfare and airborne targeted assassinations.
Hollow Land lays bare the political system at the heart of this complex and terrifying project of late-modern colonial occupation.
"A masterpiece of political analysis." James Ron
"Eyal Weizman has taken Edward Said's thesis to a new level, generating extraordinary, and at times surreally uncomfortable, conclusions ... Weizman's book is of salutary interest." Nation
"A passionate jeremiad." Jay Merrick Independent
"The power of insight which this work achieves is frankly astonishing." John Leonard Harper's
"The most astonishing book on architecture that I have read in years." New Humanist
Acclaimed exploration of the political space created by Israel's colonial occupation.
About the Author
Eyal Weizman is an architect and Director of the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and has worked with a variety of NGOs and human rights groups in Israel-Palestine. He co-edited the book A Civilian Occupation to accompany the major exhibition of the same name, has written many articles in journals, magazines, and books, and is an editor at large for Cabinet magazine. His other books include Hollow Land and Lesser Evils. He received the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-7.