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Desert Depths
Multivalent Architectural Narratives of Belonging in the Negev/Naqab Desert
Piper Bernbaum & Zach Colbert
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This studio course engages the thresholds, constructs, and narratives of the Negev/Naqab Desert and uses critical architectural practice to counter settler colonial perceptions of emptiness and unsettle the legacies of technocratic infrastructures while confronting the Western and Eurocentric gaze that genericizes desert ecologies and cultures. The work seeks fulsome desert imaginaries, inclusive of erased and marginalized histories and cultures and spatializes conditions of migration, erasure, and power through a series of exercises that engage the depth of the desert. Students work in open-ended, hybrid approaches to create deep cartographies and layered perspectival readings that reveal the interdependent cultural and climatic worlds of the Negev/Naqab.

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