Conflict, Space and Architecture


  • Marc Schoonderbeek Delft University of Technology
  • Malkit Shoshan Delft University of Technology



Footprint 19 focuses on the more recent roles of architecture in the contemporary spaces of conflict. Departing from a spatial understanding of geopolitical, climatological and economical conflicts, the various contributions highlight the large scale and phenomenal transitions in the physical world and in society by extrapolating, through examples, the abundance of relations that can be traced between conflict, territory and architecture. Conflict areas often prove to be fertile grounds for innovation and for the emergence of new spatial forms. The issue reports on the state of perpetual global unrest in architecture through a series of articles and case studies that highlight the consequences of conflicts in the places and spaces that we inhabit. In the introduction, these are discussed as an interlinked global reality rather than as isolated incidents. In doing so, the contemporary spaces of conflict are positioned in the context of emerging global trends, conditions, and discourses in the attempt to address their indicative symptoms while reflecting on their underlying causes.

Author Biographies

Marc Schoonderbeek, Delft University of Technology

Marc Schoonderbeek is an architect, assistant professor at TUDelft and program director of the Border Conditions & Territories group. He completed his dissertation 'Place-Time Discontinuities; Mapping in Architectural Discourse' in 2015. Marc has practiced architecture in the Netherlands, Germany and Israel and co-founded in 1998 12PM-Architecture, an office for 'Architecture and Urbanism, Design and Research' in Amsterdam. In 2004, he co-founded 66EAST Centre for Urban Culture, also in Amsterdam. He is currently editor of Footprint and Modi Operandi, and has (co)-edited 'Houses in Transformation: Interventions in European Gentrification' (2008); ‘Border Conditions’ (2010) and 'X Agendas for Architecture’ (2015).

Malkit Shoshan, Delft University of Technology

Malkit Shoshan is the founder of the architectural think-tank FAST, the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. She is the author of the award-winning book Atlas of the Conflict, Israel-Palestine (010, 2011) and co-editor of Village (Daminai, 2014). With her projects, she explores the relations between architecture, planning and human rights. In 2016, she was the curator of the Dutch entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale, titled BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions. She is a lecturer at Harvard GSD. Her work was published in newspapers such as New York Times, NRC, Haaretz and exhibited in venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale (2002, 2008, 2016), Lisbon Triennial (2013), NAi (2007) and The New Institute (2014).


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