The Zone in Reverse

Logistical Power and the Gaza Blockade


  • Francesco Sebregondi Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London



This essay proposes a reconstruction of the problem of logistics as seen through the prism of Gaza. Questioning the common approach of logistics strictly in terms of the flows that it releases and speeds up, it argues that the Gaza blockade itself constitutes a vast logistical operation. The essay proceeds by setting Gaza’s architecture of confinement against the ‘architecture of flow’ that typically characterises logistical sites around the world. By underlining the material connections between these, the essay calls for an approach of processes of restriction of mobility as a mirror image of the fast-tracking operations that logistics is primarily known for. On this basis, it proposes a notion of logistical power as a mode of power specifically exerted through the production of a differential regime of mobility.

Author Biography

Francesco Sebregondi, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London

Francesco Sebregondi is an architect and researcher, whose work explores the intersections of violence, technology, and the urban condition. Since 2011 he has been a Research Fellow at Forensic Architecture, former Coordinator of the collective project (2013–2015), and co-editor of its main publication ‘Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth’ (Sternberg Press, 2014). His investigative work on Gaza includes the ‘White Phosphorus’ report (2012, with Michael Sfard and Human Rights Watch), the ‘Gaza Platform’ project (2015, with Amnesty International), and the ‘Conquer & Divide’ platform (2018, with B’Tselem). Since 2015, he has been a CHASE-funded doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London.


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