Oush Grab vs. Hotel Fuentes de Ebro

Oush Grab (The Crows Nest)
  page 140
Who: Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) Organized by architects, Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizmann
When: 2010- present
Where: Beitsahour, Palestine
  • Oush Grab was evacuated in 2006
    • A hilltop military site
  • Reclaimed Oush Grab as a public space
  • Planned to convert to multi use park
  • Israeli settlers marked with graffiti 
  • Birds began nesting there, DAAR drilled holes into the building to make it into an observatory and nesting place 
  • DARR examines the reuse of existing buildings
    • They call this process the, Revolving Door Occupancy
    • To create useful out of something no longer used

Hotel Fuentes De Ebro 
  page 102
Who: Lara Almarcegui and Begona Movellan
When: 1997
Where: Fuentes de Ebro
  • Converted abandoned train station into hotel
  • Was free to stay and was booked throughout the week it was open
  • Used only a $400 grant to renovate
    • Village residents donated furniture and electricity
  • Artists got permission to only create an exhibition space, not a hotel
    • Asked the participants to hide their luggage
  • To bring people to the small village
    • Highway runs right through village but not many stop
- To explore building relationships with the community

  • Repurposed abandoned and unused buildings
  • Built relationships within community due to interactions

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