Ruins Under Construction

illustration1November 2011 photo of Tel Aviv from Jaffa.

Ruins Under Construction:
An Indirect Portrait of Jaffa’s Etzel Museum

By Gabriel Cuéllar
February 2013



This ongoing investigation began as a project for the master’s thesis course tutored by DAAR (Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman) at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam in 2011–2012. The work is a contribution to the return to Jaffa-Tel Aviv project, commissioned by Badil, the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, and Zochrot, a non-profit organization that aims to promote awareness of the Nakba. The course thus sought to chart out and intervene within a wider field of possible political, social and cultural practices of return. This particular project focuses on the material practice of archaeology in the city of Jaffa.

Gabriel Cuéllar is an architect. He obtained an Advanced Master of Architecture from the postgraduate program at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University in 2008, he worked with various offices in the US, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. In 2011, he was project leader for the winning Taichung Gateway Park competition with Philippe Rahm architectes. Since 2012, he is collaboratively working in his own archi- tecture practice, Relation.