The Privatisation of a National Project

The settlements along the Trans-Israel Highway since 1977

The settlements along the Trans-Israel Highway illustrate the privatisation of the national territorial project. To understand this process, this research focuses on the settlement production mechanism, which consists of the reciprocal interests of the government and various private groups to develop and domesticate the border area between the State of Israel and the occupied West-Bank - the Green-Line.

Centring on the spatial privileges the state granted to diverse spatial agents, this research examines the manner in which different favoured groups were given the power to colonise, plan, develop and market space as a means to enhance the state’s power over it. Investigating the gradual transformation of this production mechanism, this research explores the increasing privatisation of the local economy and culture, as well as how this was manifested in the built environment. Examining the modifications in the architectural and urban products this mechanism produced, this research analyses the materialisation of the privatised national settlement project and how it transformed together with the changing political and economic interests.


Funder:Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Foundation
Ministry of Education and Research – Federal Republic of Germany
Programme:Doctoral Fellowship
Grant amount:€ 60.000
Role TU Delft: 

Host institution

Project duration:September 2018 - September 2020
TU Delft researchers:                Arch. Gabriel Schwake

Project partners

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Foundation (Berlin)


Arch. Gabriel Schwake