On October 13, 5:00 PM, Malkit Shoshan, founder of the Amsterdam-based think tank FAST, will present about the organization’s work on the intersection between architecture and human rights at the Syracuse University School of Architecture.
Malkit Shoshan is an Israeli architect who is currently working on her PhD dissertation at the architecture faculty of the TU Delft. In 2005 Shoshan founded FAST (The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory). Shoshan’s work explores and highlights the relationship between design, architecture, planning, politics, and activism in regions such as Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo. Shoshan has been published internationally in newspapers and magazines such as Haaretz, Volume, Abitare, and at venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, and Mediamatic Gallery Amsterdam. Her award-winning book “The Atlas of the Conflict” maps the processes and mechanisms behind the shaping of Israel-Palestine over the past 100 years.
Fast was initiated in 2005 by Malkit Shoshan, Michiel Schwarz, Willem Velthoven, and Alwine van Heemstra. The urgency to create FAST came from a question posed to the founders by a Palestine community of Internally Displaced Persons called Ein Hawd. The community needed a planning alternative to the one imposed on them by the Israeli government. They wanted to have a master plan that they could use as a negotiation tool to claim civic rights from governmental bodies. The founders of FAST decided that they would help Ein Hawd and that their agency would address the role of architecture in times of conflict.
Currently FAST projects focus on Architectures of Securities, with titles such as “Warfare and Welfare, forms of legacy,” “Drones and Honeycombs,” and “Unmanned.” These projects explore the architecture and landscape of war and international relations, and the ongoing process of militarization of the civic space.