What do our homes tell of us as members of a community? Can homes talk of our experience as subjects of greater geopolitics?
The paper "Identity in the Guest Room: The Palestinian Duyuf'", authored by one of us, collects the observation on these questions, taking the Palestinian guests' room as it's research field
Get your copy from the link below.... And let us know your thoughts!
This article explores the manifold dimensions of Palestinian contemporary identity through the lens of the ghurfat al-duyuf (traditional guests’ room) and its design. It argues that against a backdrop of a decades-long military occupation, this domestic space devoted to social functions is the terrain where families spontaneously express the core features of their identity and their participation in Palestinian nationhood through the layout of meaningful objects. It further contends that the narratives that emerged from the ghurfat al-duyuf over a ten-year observation period necessitate the reframing of Palestinian identity as a nuanced complex of diversities. Using a combination of architectural and ethnographic methods, the article seeks to provide an alternative approach to the subject matter, based on empirical observation of small-scale, everyday realities and common practices in the guests’ room.
Sarajevo is calling!
We are proud and excited of being part of the KUMA International Architecture Month titled "Living Borders: Bosnia and Herzegovina in Dialogue with Palestine". - 5-29 October 2021.
See the full program and links to all lectures --> https://kumainternational.org/kuma-international-architecture-month-2021/
We warmly invite you all to join online the whole series!
In a fruitful and exciting exchange, the Yalla Project started its collaboration activates with the master program MA International Architectural Regeneration and Development at Oxford Brookes University where master students are entitled to propose architectural regeneration plans for two key sites in the city of Nablus.
The collaboration mid December 2020 through briefing sessions and then a virtual field trip was conducted in the third week of January 2021.
We were very excited and honored to be part of the debate
<<WHAT DOES A CITY FOR AND BY WOMEN LOOK LIKE?>>organized by Stadsform and Antwerp Urban Studies Institute within the series MAAK DE STAD (MAKE THE CITY)
Enjoy the recorded debate from this link!
All info and program AT THIS LINK
February 28th: Exams period at the Lebanese University’s 5th branch in Saida prior to the lockdown due to Coronavirus back on March 2nd.
AUTHOR: Rana Bachir
BIO: Rana Bachir is a Palestinian architect and sociology student based in Saida, Lebanon. She recently received her Masters of Human Settlements from KU Leuven in Belgium, and currently works with the Palestinian Program of an international organization in Lebanon.
"يرجى عدم المصافحة. والاكتفاء بإلقاء التحية فقط عن بعض"
"Please do not shake hands. Just salute to each other"
""Veuillez ne pas serrer la main. Saluez-vous les uns les autres"
"Per favore, non stringere la mano. Limitatevi a salutarvi"
JOIN THE COMMON SCRAPBOOK - انضم إلى دفتر الملاحظات
(English translation after Arabic text)
الى طلابي واصدقائي الاعزاء
فرصة للمشاركة في تجربة علمية اجتماعية
هل صمم المعماريون بيوتا لنا, ام لترخيص البلدية؟
تشغلنا الحياة دائما عن التفكر في ابسط جوانب حياتنا, وفي فترة الحجر هذه صرنا مضطرين لنعيد ترتيب اوقاتنا وأماكن حياتنا في حيز اضيق ووقت أطول... المدينة اختزلت في داخل البيت.
كيف تساعدنا البيوت, او تعيقنا في حياتنا اليومية تحت الحجر؟
كيف نتعايش مع مساحات صارت تبدو اضيق, مع وقت صار يبدو أطول؟
كيف يمكننا ممارسة اعمالنا او تعليمنا عن بعد في مكان لم نكن نعتقد انه اعد مسبقا لهذا الغرض؟
هل بيوتنا مناسبة لنا؟ لنمط حياتنا؟ لحاجيات جميع افراد العائلة؟
هل خدعتنا الهندسة المعمارية واوجدت لنا بيئات مبنية نضطر لنتأقلم مع بيئتها الداخلية ام انها سهلت علينا مهمة التعايش مع الظروف الخارجية؟
هذه تجربة علمية اجتماعية نقودها في "مشروع يلا" مشروع "يلا" | The "Yalla" Projectلفهم دور تصميم, ترتيب, وتأثيث البيوت في تلبية حاجاتنا في أوقات الطوارئ, او حتى في الأوقات العادية. ولذلك فالجميع مدعو للمشاركة في هذا العصف الذهني الجماعي.
يمكن المشاركة من خلال الوسائط التالية:
1- خاطرة قصيرة
2- قصة مصورة photo essay or sketch essay
4- لوحة فنية
سيتم إضافة مساهماتكم الى مدونة "مشروع يلا" والتي بدأنا العمل بها مع بداية هذا الحجر الصحي.
يمكنكم المساهمة في مدونة مشروع يلا بالعديد من اشكال المشاركة, حيث تجدون التفاصيل في الصفحة المرفقة ويمكنكم أيضا اقتراح مشاركات بانماط جديدة.
An opportunity to participate in a social science experiment
Did the architects design homes for us, or for municipal license?
Life always preoccupies us with the simplest aspects of our lives: during this crisis we have been forced to rearrange our times and lives in a narrower space, for longer time ... the life we had in the city has been reduced to the home.
*How do houses help us, or hinder us in our daily life under the stone?
*How do we live with spaces that seem narrower, with time that seems longer?
How can we practice our business or distance education in a place we did not think was prepared in advance for this purpose?
Are our homes suitable for us? For our lifestyle? For the needs of all family members?
Did architecture deceive us and created built environments for us that we have to adapt to its internal environment, or did it make it easier for us to live with external conditions?
This is a social science experiment that we lead in the "Yalla Project". We aim at understanding the role of design, arrangement, and furnishing of homes in meeting our needs in times of emergency, or even in normal times. Everyone is invited to participate in this collective brainstorming.
You can participate through the following media:
1- Short thoughts
2- Photo essay or sketch essay
4- Artistic painting
Your contributions will be added to the "Yalla Project" blog, a collective scrapbook we began working on at the start of this quarantine.
You can contribute to the Yalla project blog in many forms of participation. You can find details on the attached page, and you can also suggest posts with new styles.
CREDIT IMAGE: House psychomapping by / الخرائط النفسية للبيت من Noor Bosheh (2015).
We decided to give some space to coronavirus shutdown.
For a difference, we narrate it from the Middle East, from a very intimate perspective of the everyday, it's disruption, it's adjustment.
Many of us living in non-welfare states like Palestine are now in the condition to resettle to elderly family members, so to make sure that they have proper assistance.
Only few hours notice before the curfew is enforced families have to decide who goes to who. Then pack things quickly, turn off the home, ready to be away for 2 weeks, they say... But maybe longer?
It is a micro displacement, maybe few blocks away, but we prepare the house just as if we are going away for a long trip. Empty and clean the fridge, shut down the router, push the laundry you didn't have the time to dry into your bag, cover with a blanket the bed dressed in freshly washed sheets that you just changed yesterday, hoping that they won't get too dusty while you're away.
Before closing the door behind us, just a moment has left for taking a couple of bad pictures that even best Instagram filters won't beautify.
By moving, we will give up a slice of our privacy, undergoing another domesticity fabricated by someone else who care for, and nevertheless is not ours. We will surely find out too late that we forgot that little useful note on the table, that shirt, a small object that is dear to us.
As we turn back to switch off the last light and lock the door, we give a last glance into our house. By the time the key has spin for the last time in the lock, we wonder how the world around our house will be when we will return.
Welcome to The Yalla Project's diary!
We chose our short profile as post 0 of this blog.
Let us introduce to you!
The Yalla Project (TYP) is an applied research centre on socio-spatial issues with base in Nablus, Palestine.
TYP tackles the everydayness of communities and their living environment through grounded research and learning-by-doing. hybridising interdisciplinary academic research and social enterprise.
TYP is a self-funded initiative. We experiment how the production of knowledge can cross the boundaries of academic research and reach different kinds of communities, being meanwhile also financially sustainable.
For this sake, TYP intergrates a research unit, a heritage B&B [ Turquoise Hostel ] a social café [ Antique Cafe - مقهى أنتيك ], which both constitute our interface with society at large, promote activities for citizenship, cultural tourism and edutainment [Mishwar].
"CONNECTING DOTS" is our motto.
We believe in collective action. Unity is strength!
Our projects seek to aggregate entities and people from different backgrounds but same ethics, joining forces together for a concrete impact in the local context.
Our work is not only that of producing our own projects, but also to facilitate and support others ideas.
TYP was founded in 2019 by Abdalrahman Kittana, researcher in urban regeneration in conflict zones, Alessandra Gola, researcher in space and society specialised on displacement, and Basel Kittana, historian specialist in contemporary political history in the ME.
TYP is part of the At Home Foundation network.
CONTRIBUTE TO THIS BLOG!
This blog is a collective notebook, a dashboard on which many voices can come together and talk about the everyday and the diverse way we experience it.