Birzeit, located just north of Jerusalem, is a small city known for its flagship of Palestinian institutions, Birzeit University. Much of its economy is tied to the student population of the University. Several surrounding villages depend on Birzeit's economy, and students commute to Birzeit from several surrounding cities attend the University. After substantial growth, the University Campus moved about a mile and a half away from its original site. The campus move from the city has rendered the city motionless. The current location of the University allows student traffic to bypass the Old Campus site and the Historic Center. Without intervention, the Historic Center and surrounding urban fabric will continue to decay as a result of inactivity. By injecting the Old Campus Site with activity, the Historic Center and surrounding urban fabric can be resuscitated.
This project seeks to accomplish this injection of activity in two ways. Implementation of a new pedestrian and bike path from the BZU Main Campus through the Old Campus Site to the Historic Center. The path will stimulate activity as well as encouraging the use of bicycles and walking as modes of transportation rather than motor vehicles. The second is the re-location and addition of architecture, arts, and theater programs from the BZU Main Campus back into the currently unused Old Campus Site in order to stimulate activity in and surrounding the site.
Status: School Project
Location: Birzeit, Palestine