Architecture of the Territory | The paradoxical relationship of the state and its territory
To what extent does the planning of a territory rely on its governing power structure? What role does the State play in organizing its territory? What role does the State play in organizing its territory? What is a territory and how can architecture create and cohesiveness? How can the state have an impact on its inhabitants by implementing national strategies?
This year’s main theme is “Architecture of the Territory: the paradoxical relationship of the state and its territorial planning.” Architecture is not restricted to the built environment; it also concerns economical, political and social policies. Territory is a geographical delimitation that is subjected to the power of a centralized authority. We believe that there is urgency for the state to rethink the way it manages and plans its territory. And to discuss various strategies through which new systems of collaboration and implementation can be put in place in order to achieve this goal.
A national territory cannot be organised, as a whole, without mobilizing the state’s resources and assets. The flagrant economic, political and social failure of Lebanon as a state has made it urgent to rethink the essential role of the architect as a primordial figure in the implementation of a territorial and urban plan strategy in order to achieve a cohesive Nation-State. Omran will pose a premise that must also be questioned. Is a ‘cohesive Nation-State’ the ultimate goal? or is there a possibility for the assimilation of a Post-Nation-State condition?
- How can the State address the lack of public space in its territory that is impeding the development of a unified Nation in a context where the sectarian enclave is the prevalent urban form?
What could be the methods through which the State and the private stakeholders create strategies of implementations for different forms of secular/free/accessible/democratic spaces in order to address this detrimental lack in the current condition?
- There is a need to re-appropriate resources due to the deficient structure of political legislation, and the inability of the State to function. This is causing an economic downturn and is exemplified in the lack of functioning infrastructure.
What are the strategies through which these resources can be re-approriated and distributed in order to secure the development of the Nation, by re-thinking the relationship between spaces of production and infrastructural networks?
- There is flagrant absence from the State in its role towards urgent housing needs, resulting in an uncontrolled production that have polarized the housing market between unregulated/illegal housing settlements and market driven private developments, favoring the detrimental feudal society. How can alternative housing schemes and typologies reshape the family structure and challenges the current profit driven production of houses?
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