Archinect - News 2017-08-20T07:52:26-04:00 An empty museum for a stateless people Nicholas Korody 2016-06-02T18:02:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T19:04:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>THE Palestinians&rsquo; new national museum is a striking monument to the state they don&rsquo;t yet have. Designed by a firm in Dublin, the museum itself is angular and modern, with glass curtain walls topped by smooth white limestone. From afar it looks almost like a low-slung bunker perched on a hill north of Ramallah; inside, though, it is light and airy. A terraced garden stretches out below, filled with dozens of local species... Only one thing is missing&mdash;the exhibits.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A series of curatorial disputes, as well as cost overruns and delays in part attributable to the occupation of the West Bank by Israel, mean the new Palestinian National Museum will open this month without its inaugural exhibitions. The museum was designed by the Irish firm&nbsp;Heneghan Peng.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the index: McKenzie Wark on Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Heneghan Peng-designed Palestinian Museum to open in May 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Israel okays plan of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza?</a></li></ul> Architecture and the index: McKenzie Wark on Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-09T16:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-11T08:49:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Besides the thing itself, architecture concerns itself with two kinds of sign about it: iconic signs and symbols. Iconic signs resemble the thing itself. They are the plans and elevations and isometrics. The more symbolic architecture is that of language, the word, the logo and so forth. The postmodern turn shifted the emphasis from the iconic to the symbolic. I think [Eyal] Weizman has created an architecture about a whole other kind of sign &ndash; the index.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Indexical signs are traces of events: where there is smoke there is fire. The smoke does not resemble the fire. It is not an icon. Nor does it have a code like a symbolic sign system. Forensics is a matter of working backwards from the index to the event of which it is the sign, like in a detective story. A forensic architecture takes as its subject events that happen or don&rsquo;t happen in build space, including the destruction of built space."</p> New Heneghan Peng-designed Palestinian Museum to open in May 2016 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T16:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:28:58-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new museum dedicated to the history and culture of Palestine over the last two centuries is due to open in May next year in Birzeit...In a controversial move, the planned launch date coincides with the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, when the Israeli state was established in 1948 and more than 750,000 Palestinians went into exile. 'The decision to open the museum on May 15 is designed to underline the enduring importance of the Nakba to the museum&rsquo;s work,' says [museum director] Jack Persekian</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture</a></p><p><a title="Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings</a></p><p><a title="After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></p> Israel okays plan of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-01T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:17-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I had doubts about accepting this project. I didn&rsquo;t want to become a pawn for politicians, but the residents gave me a mandate. The public understood that it could act collectively in order to improve its situation - Architect</p></em><br /><br /><p>Project's architect <a href=";_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senan Abdelkader&nbsp;</a>is well known to NY Times a few years back via Nicolai Ouroussoff.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A distinct aesthetic language from Senan Abdelkader: an apartment building in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem.</em></p><p><em><img alt="" src=""></em></p><p><em>An apartment building, designed by Senan Abdelkader, in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem</em></p><p>Let's just say this is not another maneuver by Netanyahu government to ease off the international pressure on Israeli-Palestinian relations.</p> Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-02-18T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-26T14:07:06-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it&rsquo;s currently in, you&rsquo;ll have another eruption, and violence, and then we&rsquo;re back in a further catastrophe, so we&rsquo;ve got to stop that,-Tony Blair</p></em><br /><br /><p>Even a hawk like&nbsp;Tony is worried.</p><p>"The scope of destruction in Gaza remains enormous. According to the UN, over&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">96,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed</a>&nbsp;by Israeli air strikes. The donor states that have pledged to transfer money&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have yet to do so</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">re-building is going nowhere</a>, many are still&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking refuge in UNRWA schools</a>&nbsp;and the winter storms have&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">only increased the damage</a>&nbsp;to the homes and neighborhoods that survived. "</p> Rawabi - with no running water Nam Henderson 2015-02-09T11:24:00-05:00 >2015-02-09T11:25:04-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>His risk-taking real estate is a microcosm of the tumultuous process of Israel-Palestinian peace-making and the web of complex relationships in the occupied territories.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyse Doucet and Jane McMullen report in from&nbsp;a totally new city made from scratch in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.</p> The Most Relevant News of 2014 (for Architects) Nicholas Korody 2014-12-30T14:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:25:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sometimes it's easy to pretend that architecture exists outside of this world, erupting instead in the blank of a 3D space governed only by the laissez-fair laws of software. But sometimes a news headline will penetrate through this fog of imagination, appearing as a blazing light shining forth from an image of some distant row of houses hollowed by mortar fire and colored with the blood of a strangers' body. "This is the real of architecture," the news seems to silently implore.</p><p>As gravity serves as the counterweight to the feverish, technofuturism fashionable to today's students, news events seem to ground architecture just at the moment it seems like it may finally escape into the vapors of idealism. While it may seem that architecture is increasingly consigned to the building of institutions or expensive residences, the demand for buildings and dwellings simultaneously grows louder and more desperate with every unfolding disaster.</p><p>A year-end round-up is as fraught as a ranking. If...</p> Eyal Weizman on understanding politics through architecture, settlements and refuseniks Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-02T16:56:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T06:38:10-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They would never discuss issues of repression or land grab directly. There is a certain pact of silence around the political dimension of architecture there. Schools of architecture depoliticise the profession, they put it very much within the domain of aesthetic experimentation</p></em><br /><br /><p>Eyal Weizman - architect, writer, activist and professor of visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London - is explaining how architecture and power are inextricably linked, even within structures that appear largely to serve an aesthetic purpose. Buildings or cityscapes that a tourist crosses the world to see were often conceived with the intent to oversee their populations.</p><p>Weizman has just returned from a trip to the US. Like Israel, highways in Los Angeles serve more affluent communities and bypass the poorer areas. In the Gulf, he says, the labour force is contained, separated and supervised. Such capitalist tools of separation, seen across the world, "are all part of the growing toolbox of architecture and planning in the West Bank &ndash; it's composed, I mean it has a sort of colonial history, but it's contemporary vocabulary exists overall, everywhere you look, everywhere you go you have the politics of surveillance, separation, supervision and sometimes even oppression. Pal...</p> Refugees Reshape Their Camp, at the Risk of Feeling at Home Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T19:10:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public space like the plaza in Al Fawwar is mostly unheard-of in Palestinian camps across the West Bank. Architectural upgrades raise fundamental questions about the Palestinian identity, implying permanence, which refugees here have opposed for generations. [...] Camps were conceived as temporary quarters. The absence of public space was then preserved over the years to fortify residents&rsquo; self-identification as refugees, displaced and stateless.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What can ‘forensic architecture’ reveal about the conflict in Gaza? Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T13:26:01-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Weizman has also made a name for himself as the chief proponent of &ldquo;forensic architecture&rdquo;, by which he analyses the impacts of urban warfare for clues about the crimes that were perpetrated there. To Weizman, buildings are weapons. When he looks out across the landscape of the occupied Palestinian West Bank [...] he sees a battlefield. &ldquo;The weapons and ammunitions are very simple elements: they are trees, they are terraces, they are houses. They are barriers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> See For Yourself Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-01T12:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T14:18:00-04:00 <img src="" width="618" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 percent of the housing stock affected, five percent of the housing stock is uninhabitable &ndash; an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged. This on top of a shortage of 71,000 housing units before the Israeli attack.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a real challenge for architecture. I urge&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to directly involve and bring this&nbsp;crisis&nbsp;into their working platform, producing ideas of reconstruction.&nbsp;</p> Thousands of Palestinians Flee Northern Gaza as Israel Continues its Bombardment Nicholas Korody 2014-07-14T20:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several thousand Palestinians, defying the urging of Hamas to remain in their homes, fled areas in northern Gaza early Sunday after Israel warned them through fliers and phone calls of major attacks to come.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thousands of Palestinians, heeding the warning pamphlets dropped by Israeli jets, are fleeing from Northern Gaza. Many are crowding inside United Nations-run schools. As the death toll rises &ndash; entirely on the Palestinian side &ndash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a potential cease-fire agreement developed by Egypt will be debated in the Israeli Parliament.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>During prior Israeli invasions of Gaza, the toll on the infrastructure of the small region was significant. Israel intentionally targets infrastructure that it understands to support Hamas. Unfortunately, it is often civilians who are both the main casualties and who must suffer in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">devastated, overpopulated urban ar</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ea</a>. And according to the Washington Post, in the recent attacks,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"most of the Gazans killed so far have died in their homes."</a></p><p>The frequency and totality of Israeli attacks on Gaza &ndash; coupled with the ongoing economic blockade &ndash; leave little hope that their will be stability or normalcy for Gazans&nbsp;in the near future. Fundamentally, the devastated infrastruc...</p> East Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked Nicholas Korody 2014-07-11T17:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T20:55:19-04:00 <img src="" width="630" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riots caused tens of millions of shekels in damage and destroyed the Shoafat and Es-Sahl station [...] Residents of Jerusalem&rsquo;s Shoafat neighborhood are unlikely to enjoy service on the city&rsquo;s light rail network for several months as CityPass, the company that operates the system, works first to repair the rails and signaling mechanisms destroyed during last week&rsquo;s rioting, and only later the stations serving the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Shoafat and Es-Sahl light rail stations in East Jerusalem were attacked last week after news broke that an Arab young man &ndash; Mohamed Abu Khdeir &ndash;&nbsp;had been kidnapped, burned alive, and abandoned in a forest. Many commentators view the killing as vengeance for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent deaths</a> of three Israeli teenage settlers in Hebron, in the Occupied West Bank, which the Israeli government has blamed on Hamas. The situation is tragic &ndash; and rapidly escalating. At least <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">27 Palestinians have been killed and 130 wounded in the intense bombardment the Israeli army has unleashed on Gaza</a>&nbsp;in the past few days.</p><p>The attack on the light rail stations were committed by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians who live in the areas around the stations. For many, the destruction is highly symbolic. When first constructed, the light rail was considered by some to be a symbol of the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews. However, for others, it was viewed similarly to the massive border wall demarcat...</p> With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold Alexander Walter 2014-07-03T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T10:28:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Jericho sits in the hot, flat Jordan Valley down the hill from Jerusalem. Jericho has bragging rights as one of the oldest towns on Earth. But one of its newest homes looks like it might have arrived from outer space. Ahmad Daoud hired a firm of young Palestinian architects to build this house. Like Jericho's original homes, it is built of dirt. This one has a contemporary twist, though: It's constructed with earth compacted in bags that are then stacked and plastered over.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AIA New York fires back at RIBA over proposed boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T14:17:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this spring, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passed a motion</a> that demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects from the International Union of Architects "until it acts to resist projects on illegally-occupied land and observes international law and accords."</p><p>This morning, the AIA New York Chapter published a statement denouncing the RIBA resolution, declaring "AIANY does not condone RIBA&rsquo;s decision to request action based solely on disagreements over local Israeli policies."</p><p>Here's AIANY's full statement:</p><p>"The AIA New York Chapter (AIANY) has denounced the proposal submitted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the International Union of Architects (UIA).</p><p>On May 1, 2014, AIANY wrote to Harry Rich, Chief Executive of RIBA. In the letter, AIANY asks the RIBA Board to overrule its advisory council&rsquo;s recent proposal to UIA that would seek to exclude IAUA&rsquo;s ...</p> Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture Alexander Walter 2014-03-26T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:23:54-04:00 <img src="" width="595" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NOT only in 2013 did the building of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the core of a would-be Palestinian state, grow at twice the rate of 2012; its uniform architecture is increasingly attracting Palestinians. In place of their distinctive rough-hewn stone houses, Palestinian builders now tend to prefer the uniform style of red-roofed houses that mark out Israeli settlements. &ldquo;People always look up to the colonial power, even if they resent it [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA proposes boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects' over Palestinian settlements</a></p> RIBA proposes boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects' over Palestinian settlements Archinect 2014-03-20T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T14:03:01-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the international body, saying it is complicit in the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and other violations of international law.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA New York fires back at RIBA over proposed boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects</a></em></p><p>The full <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA motion</a>, proposed by RIBA Immediate Past President, Angela Brady, and passed by the RIBA council on March 19 was:</p><p><em>Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13* of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.</em></p><p><em>*UIA's Resolution 13 (2005 and 2009) states that &ldquo;The UIA Council condemns development projects and the construction of buildings on land that has been ethnically purified or illegally appropriated, and projects based on regulations that are ethnically or culturally discriminatory, and similarly it condemns all action contravening the f...</em></p> Eyal Weizman on legacy of Ariel 'the bulldozer' Sharon Nam Henderson 2014-01-12T22:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T00:43:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Sharon's architecture involved not only destruction but also construction. The other major projects he undertook, besides the destruction of the camps, was an attempt to "pacify" the refugees by constructing and forcefully relocating a few thousand of them into Israeli-style social housing blocks next to major Palestinian cities".</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the recent news of Ariel Sharon's passing, Eyal Weizman (architect, professor and director of the Forensic Architecture) reviews the legacy of construction and destruction he left behind. As "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daddy of the Settlement movement</a>"&nbsp;his legacy has decisively shaped the built environment of today's Israel and Palestine. For more on his political legacy you can also read Jonathan Cook <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brendan Cormier</a></p> Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute? Archinect 2013-08-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="631" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to fill the gap between the broad stroke of policymaking and the reality of life on the ground,&rdquo; says Bar-Sinai, who recently returned to Israel after a yearlong fellowship at Harvard University. &ldquo;Only thinking about these questions from the 30,000 foot high perspective isn&rsquo;t enough.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo</a></p> The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo Archinect 2013-07-26T20:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T15:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As John Kerry was trying to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority late last week, the "Architactics" exhibition opened at the ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery in Tel Aviv Port. This coincidence provides an injection of realism into what, a week earlier, seemed like a series of interesting mental exercises, but far from the present reality. The aim of the exhibition... is to mobilize tools from the world of design and architecture to help to promote the peace talks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is based mainly on a territorial problem, and therefore architects must play a central role in finding its solution," says architect Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, who, together with fellow architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, founded Saya in 2006. Since then, they have been working to shape the nature of the diplomatic solution below the media radar, outside the architectural discourse and away from peace organization conferences.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute?</a></p> "swing" by JerusaLAB Architecture Archinect 2013-05-01T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T17:56:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Israeli practice JerusaLAB Architecture has sent us a tiny but mighty project titled simply, <em>swing</em>: a seesaw penetrating the massive concrete border fence between Israel and Palestine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "The project claims to portray the possibility for peaceful acts in the Israeli Palestinian environment where face to face relationships are absent," designers Elena Mann and Eldar Gantz explain.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "Placing a swing inside a concrete element of the separation wall is an act that requires a blind cooperation and trust. The work suggest a positive romantic view on a conflictual relationship manifested in concrete borderline disorder."</p> <p> <strong>Project Credits:</strong></p> <p> Architects: Elena Mann &amp; Eldar Gantz<br> JerusaLAB Architecture, Jerusalem</p> <p> Elena Mann is an interdisciplinary designer based in London. Eldar Gantz is an architect/artist based in Jerusalem.</p> Editor's Picks #302 Nam Henderson 2013-02-13T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T21:41:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were released for d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. The Grand Prize: went to The Emperor's Castle, designed by Thomas Hillier, UK. In response homme_du_jura applauded "I'm very glad to see Thomas Hillier's work recognized...A beautiful piece!"</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> feature, Archinect published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Horizons Iceland Expedition</a>, which was a compendium of results from a trip The Bartlett School of Architecture Unit 3, wherein "<em>Twelve 2nd and 3rd year students designed, built and tested a series of shelter/surveying devices (they were told to make &ldquo;sure it fits in the check-in luggage) to research and charted varied aspects of Iceland</em>&rdquo;.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were released for d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. </a>The Grand Prize: went to The Emperor's Castle, designed by Thomas Hillier, UK. In response <strong>homme_du_jura</strong> applauded "<em>I'm very glad to see Thomas Hillier's work recognized.&nbsp; He submitted this piece for another competition a few years ago and was duly recognized, even as it went a bit beyond the competition's established criteria. A beautiful p...</em></p> Preserving Palestine’s architectural heritage Nam Henderson 2013-01-03T19:55:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:22:22-05:00 <img src="" width="475" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Salameh is heading the &ldquo;Adh Dhariyeh&rdquo; project, in the south of Hebron, where he began with single-building restoration and has progressed to a community centre and two schools...&ldquo;Dhariyeh is one of 50 historical sites whose renovation Riwaq has undertaken and which constitute 50 per cent of the architectural heritage of Palestine.&rdquo; Salameh says. &ldquo;There are almost 900 old buildings and the project is funded by the Arab Fund in Kuwait.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Rafique Gangat writes about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riwaq</a>, a Palestinian non-profit organisation established in 1991 in Ramallah, by a group of architects, many trained in the West. Riwaq aims to safeguard Palestinian heritage through a number of projects including; the establishment of a National Register of Historic Buildings, various publications, an on-line exhibition of Palestinian tiles and their 50 Villages Project. Following the completion in 2007 of a comprehensive architectural survey of Palestine, Riwaq decided to focus their efforts towards the restoration and rehabilitation of 50 villages, which contain 50% of all historic buildings, in rural areas of the West Bank and Gaza.</p> <p> HT <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryan Finoki</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">subtopes</a></p> Infographic: Palestinian homes demolished Orhan Ayyüce 2012-08-30T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="483" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) argues that, seen in their totality since 1967, these home demolitions amount to an intentional "policy of displacement".</p></em><br /><br /><p> As all the hoopla winds down on Venice Biennale about social movement/architecture/urban design and dance parties, another year passes without doing anything about the&nbsp;eradication of&nbsp;Palestinian homes in occupied territories.&nbsp;Spontaneous&nbsp;Interventions..? Nah. &nbsp;It is all systematic...</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p> In Gaza, real estate is at a premium Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T18:10:36-04:00 >2011-07-11T19:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="175" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you believe the adage about real estate -- that bit about the three most important things being location, location, location -- then one would think there are few places worse to own a home than the Gaza strip. [...] And yet, home prices are up sharply.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>