A Hollow Land – Israel’s Architecture of Occupation

Eyal Weizman

2007, Verso



From the tunnels of Gaza to the militarized airspace of the Occupied Territories, Eyal Weizman unravels Israel’s mechanisms of control and its transformation of Palestinian towns, villages and roads into an artifice where all natural and built features serve military ends. Weizman traces the development of this strategy, from the influence of archaeology on urban planning, Ariel Sharon’s reconceptualization of military defence during the 1973 war, through the planning and architecture of the settlements, to the contemporary Israeli discourse and practice of urban warfare and airborne targeted assassinations. Hollow Land lays bare the political system at the heart of this complex and terrifying project of late-modern colonial occupation.


Hardcover: 336 pages
6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25 inches


Eyal Weizman is the Director of the Centre for Architecture Research at Goldsmiths College, London. For several years Weizman has conducted an in-depth investigation into the planning aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Weisman presented Hollow Land as part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Performance Z-A series in 2007. Weizman also co-curated the exhibition “A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture” at Storefront in 2003.

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