Place making and wellbeing: The story of forbidden space

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People mostly appropriate, and reappropriate, everyday spatial practices in time of peace as well as in time of conflict. In so doing, the "practice of everyday life" conveys much about place making and wellbeing. In wartime, home becomes a forbidden space where life is considered a collateral damage; therefore, people lose their memories and a life they once had. Place making fundamentally creates rightful environment that supports undisturbed everyday practice and equally empowers place attachment. This paper explores the ways in which people experience space disorder in warfare time when they were/are forced to evacuate and seek shelter in a temporary place not knowing when, or if they will ever be able to return home. It investigates the consequences of sudden blowing up home and its significant attributes. Following an ethnographic approach in the old town of Nablus and Jenin Refugee camp between 2010-2014, this paper discusses the spatial and behavioral disorder of war and displacement. It focuses on the impact of Israeli occupation military continuous assaults that transform the entire space of Palestinian life into a theater of war. Homes are no longer secured. The very intimate space and social life is dehumanized as the Israelis turned the Palestinian urban fabric into landscape of and for war. It also disturbed the essence of the daily life and created a "forbidden space" that contradicts the fundamental meaning of home. Such military strategy in the domestic space is meant to annihilate the everyday tactic of resistance under the occupation, which creates further struggle over the meaning of space/place thus questions the essence of place making, well being and trauma. In conclusion, peoples' narrative of place making helps us reimagine the spatial politics of emancipation in the aftermath of each attack. The resilience of space of enjoyment that arises against spaces of annihilation is a positive appropriation and transformation of forbidden space into place making. At this point, the assembling of everyday pieces into a collective space resonates with insurgent practices of temporary pleasure and create a space of joy and dominance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDesign to Thrive, PLEA 2017
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol
PublisherNCEUB 2017 - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895754
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 2 2017Jul 5 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017


Conference33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Everyday life
  • Forbidden space
  • Palestine
  • Place making
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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