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Palestinian Architect Duo to Deliver Next Crossing Boundaries Lecture

October 1, 2022
Vsp 2022

Elias and Yousef Anastas, renowned for their sustainable approach to architectural design, will discuss evolving factors that influence their own, and regional, design practices, at lecture

The next Crossing Boundaries lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at 12.30 pm, at VCUarts Qatar’s Atrium.

The lecture – titled ‘Generic Specificities’ – will be delivered by architects Elias and Yousef Anastas from Palestine. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Anastas brothers are partners at AAU ANASTAS Architects and co-founders of Local Industries. The studio focuses on tying links between crafts and architecture at scales that vary from furniture design to territorial explorations. The studio has been advocating for the contemporary use of structural stone in architecture in Palestine and elsewhere.

In the upcoming lecture, titled ‘Generic Specificities’, the architects will discuss the ever-evolving webs that constitute the structure of their studio, and the knowledge-based and cultural influences that have informed their practices.

Systematically tracing origins, remnants, and nets of global solidarities across the duo’s varied practices of architecture, design, and cultural production – all of which are based in Palestine – has been the focus of their work, which they describe as “global provincialism”.

“We have been particularly interested in the politics of stone use for low carbon footprint structures, more resilient cities, and more responsible quarries’ exploitation”, the Anastas brothers said.

The lecture will be moderated by Marco Bruno, Associate Professor, Graduate Studies, VCUarts Qatar.

In addition to AAU ANASTAS and Local Industries, the architects co-founded Radio alHara, a community-based online radio that weaves unconventional nets of solidarities through sonic experiences.

Most recently the Anastas brothers launched the Wonder Cabinet, a space-based initiative in Bethlehem for cultural productions. The initiative gathers a community of artisans and artists, technical and artistic realms with the aim of producing a culture of global provincialism.