Elias & Yousef Anasatas debates forms and spatial configurations in Jerusalem through “Analogy”

In an effort to discuss the fundamental elements of the architecture of Jerusalem, Elias and Yousef Anastas presented Analogy: a project about the reoccurrence of forms and spatial configurations in Jerusalem through time. The installation debut during The Jerusalem Show IX in 2018 , which was curated by Jack Persekian & Kirsten Scheid.

In their latest installment for “Stone Matters”, the designers debates that the fundamental elements of the architecture of Jerusalem are proper to the constitution of the city’s urban fabric, but, ultimately, they are archetypal forms of geometry, spatial devices found throughout the history and distribution of architecture.

Analogy seeks not to take elements of architecture out of their context but rather to explore their inherent qualities – in their purest kind of expression – towards finding novel ways of expressing each archetypal element. Imaginatively, Analogy combines elements of architecture found in Jerusalem to produce a series of sculptural pieces through which the internal coherence of each element is revisited.

Analogy ties different archetypal fundamental architecture elements together, thus producing a new entity in which the characteristics of each entity take part. The architecture of Jerusalem combines disparate architectural elements brought by various civilizations from abroad with indigenous elements found in situ.

Today Jerusalem’s architecture is inscribed in a time and space that is politically, socially, religiously and historically charged. Architecture, as the city’s fabric, now bridges autonomy and heteronomy, creating a state of unbalanced architecture: it counterposes internal coherence – involving form, structure, and proportions – with external conditions in which our project exists. 

“Stone Matters,” is an ongoing research by Elias & Yousef Anastas into the potentials for combining traditional building craftsmanship and materials with innovative construction techniques. 

Photography by Mikaela Burstow

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