City of Collision, 2006


This book presents a thorough investigation of the current situation in Jerusalem from a trilateral perspective: Israeli, Palestinian, and international experts air their views. The discussion centers on the production and use of urban space under the conditions created by the conflict, including, for example, the so-called security fence, urban enclaves, exclaves, the approach to monuments and no-man’s-land, and the instrumentalization of infrastructures, which leads to the crass juxtaposition of highly developed and impoverished urban spaces.

The conflict, however, does not bring with it destruction and violence alone, but also exhibits ambivalent effects and, along with them, new cultural and urban realities. Jerusalem has become a prototype in the age of new urban violence.

The publication is based on a series of activities jointly organised by: Berlin University of the Arts, International Peace and Cooperation Centre (IPCC), Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (Department of Architecture), ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich


Misselwitz, Philipp, and Tim Rieniets, eds. City of collision: Jerusalem and the principles of conflict urbanism. Walter de Gruyter, 2006.

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