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Master of Architecture (MArch)
For all Palestinians, the phenomenon of permanent temporariness and waiting indefinitely is commonplace. With this said, the presence of Palestinian Refugee Camps indicates a grave violation of human rights under international law. The refugee camp is the embodiment of permanent temporariness. With Palestinian refugees living in extremely poor conditions in these camps, some not able to gain citizenship in their country of refuge, such as in Lebanon, others experiencing routine colonial violence and oppression as is the case for camps in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Furthermore, while the experience of permanent temporariness is universal for Palestinians, it is important to combat the narrative that our history and people have not evolved in the face of colonization and displacement. In fact, the culture of exile that has been produced since the colonization of our homeland is now a significant part of our history as a people. Continuing to archive Palestinian history while experiencing the effects of colonization is a significant form of resistance against erasure. Therein lies the exploration and design of an archival space that references the traditions of the villages in Palestine, while simultaneously archiving the new culture of exile produced in Palestinian refugee camps.
Malhas, Tamara, "Exploring Permanent Temporariness: A Look into the Palestinian Experience through Refugee Camps" (2023). Masters Theses. 1079.
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