The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) is an Amsterdambased think tank whose research and projects focus on highlighting the relationship between architecture, planning, politics, and activism.
FAST has worked in various countries, including Georgia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and the Netherlands, but most of its recent projects have explored the Israeli Palestinian conflict. For example, the Atlas of the Conflict is a book that outlines the 100year history of the conflict through maps and diagrams. It, like much of FAST’s work, explores settlements, borders, and displacement— and the architect or urban planner’s conscious or unconscious role in contributing to the landscape of conflict.
FAST was born from an idea to spark interest and discussion about how political powers use architecture and architects to implement ideological agendas. FAST’s director, Malkit Shoshan, believes that “Architecture does not happen by itself; it has a legislative, social, economic, political and ideological context,”
In Palestine, this philosophy finds its way into work with unrecognized villages. Many Palestinian villages exist on the ground, but not in legal and political spheres. As they are unrecognized by the government, it’s impossible to get utilities, government services, an address, an education for your child, etc. Her work, therefore, includes a wide suite of publications, exhibits, mapping and other forms of knowledge sharing. Prior to resolving social conflict, we must first make plain that such conditions exist.
Her current work examines the impact of UN peace operations in conflict zones, and how collaboration can lead to higher degrees of urban resilience. Please take a minute to learn more about her work at the links below.