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2013.07.18 - 2013.08.31
SAYA - Design for Change
SAYA Design for Change
Thursday, July 18, 20:00
Free addmission. The public is invited.
Most of the international conflicts are of territorial nature. They take place in physical space and are aggravated and complicated by spatial and physical actions. Their resolution is ultimately achieved through a realignment of space, a role more often than not, played by lawyers, politicians and security experts often with little or no expertise in dealing with the built environment. Architects, whose domain is the understanding of physical space, are rarely actively involved in the resolution of territorial conflicts and the promotion of peaceful settlements. Architects Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat and Karen Lee Bar-Sinai believe this to be one source of the severe deficiencies in the Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking process so far. It is this belief which led to the establishment of SAYA Design For Change.
SAYA’s pioneering approach termed by its founders as “Resolution Planning” was developed a decade ago to reclaim the architectural responsibility in designing peace. Its goal is to redefine the role and responsibility of architects in conflict resolution, to re-include the city, the people and their joint future space back into the picture. SAYA’s body of work, often created in collaboration with Palestinian planners and architects, has created a foundation for planning Israeli-Palestinian peace. Their work has served Israeli-Palestinian leaders in the past decade and especially in the previous negotiation rounds, and has defined an unprecedented role for architects in bridging the gap between the broad stroke of policy making, and the reality on the contested ground.
This exhibition summarizes the approach of SAYA’s mission-based practice. Rather than diving into the details of their specific proposals, it illustrates the channels of influence this practice has defined for design in peace making. From envisioning peace and how it should look like, through creating tools for peace making, to influencing the “backstage” of peace processes - SAYA’s work demonstrates that architects can influence not only through building and buildings, but also by shaping decisions regarding space and by encouraging decision makers to think as architects. It is our hope that this exhibition will also inspire more architects to think as decision makers and help politicians transcend the boundaries of what they believe is possible to agree upon.
The exhibition will include a series of lectures and meeting dealing with the above issues. For more information see www.sayarch.com or SAYA-Design For Change| Facebook
SAYA Design for Change
Architect Yehuda Greenfield - Gilat (MPP Harvard University, B.Arch Israel Technion) and architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai (MSc in Cities studies LSE, B.Arch Israel Technion, and a fellow at GSD Harvard) are the founders of SAYA Design For Change - an architectural firm that is active for about a decade, also joined by architects Chen Farkas and Lian Idan-Saga (B. Arch Bezalel Academy of Art).
Since its foundation, SAYA promotes the role of planning and architecture in the development of political agreements and advocates for the creation of shared visions and common spaces. Among other things, SAYA is involved in strategic thinking aimed to promote a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through the development of spatial tools for implementation during and after a peace treaty. The firm's clients include Think tanks, institutions and non-governmental organizations from Israel and abroad and its works were presented to the PMO, the National Security Council, to different military forums, and among diplomats and security experts. SAYA has recently engaged in the process of sharing its insights and methods with other territorial disputes in different conflict zones and is active also in the Balkan countries and in Cyprus.