Land. Milk. Honey.
Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes
Turning a biblical promise into reality: how ideology translated into colonialism, settlement, urbanization, infrastructure, and mechanized agriculture radically reshaped the environment of Palestine-Israel. – The Israeli pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale
1st edition, 2021
Text in English
392 pages, 47 color and 111 monochrome illustrations
12 x 16.5 cm
The biblical metaphor of a “Land of Milk and Honey” has denoted for millennia a prophecy and promise for plenitude. This book, published in conjunction with the Israeli Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, examines the reciprocal relations between humans, animals, and the environment within the context of modern Palestine-Israel, and demonstrates how this promise has become an action-plan over the course of the twentieth century.
Land. Milk. Honey. investigates how colonialism, urbanization, and mechanized agriculture radically reshaped the environment and altered human-animal relationships. It shows how the celebrated metamorphosis of the region into a prosperous agricultural landscape was entangled with irreparable damage to the environment, as well as the disruption of human communities. And it highlights the predicaments that both the environment and its inhabitants are facing.
The fundamental changes the region has undergone are portrayed through the stories of five local animals: cow, goat, honeybee, water buffalo, and bat. These case-studies and analysis construct a spatial history of a place in five acts: Mechanization, Territory, Cohabitation, Extinction, and the Post-Human. A rich collection of literary excerpts, historical documents, archival photos, as well as short original vignettes reveals the story of this remarkable transfiguration and redesign.
Tamar Novick is a senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she leads a working group on animals and knowledge.
Dan Hasson is an architect, exhibition designer, and lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Yonatan Cohen is an architect and urbanist and heading Architecture and Design at Mosaic, an Arizona-based construction-technology enterprise.