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Alessandro Petti


Beyond the State: The Refugee Camp as a Site of Political Invention

[Building of Campus in Camps in Dehesha Refugee Camp, West Bank. Image by author]

Refugee camps have been at the center of radical historical transformations that have undermined the political existence of entire communities. Although states and non-governmental organizations have and continue to actively participate in conceiving and managing camps, we are still struggling to fully comprehend how the camp form has complicated and transformed the very idea of a city as an organized and functional political community. The birth of the camp thus has the ...

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Alessandro Petti


Alessandro Petti is an Architect and Researcher in Urbanism, chair of the newly established Urban Studies and Spatial Practices program at Al-Quds/Bard College Palestine, and director of Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program centered in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem. Petti is founding member and director of the Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, an architectural office and an artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions.