Palestinian Architecture Reborn

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Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

In 2013, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture recognized the historic center of Birzeit for its stunning architectural revitalization. The Master Jury praised the mobilization of “stakeholders and local craftsmen into a process of healing that is not merely physical but that is social, economic and political.” Every family home was consulted to ensure that the renewal process would not transform the historic center into a touristy promenade, but, rather, a center that would embody the living spirit of the village. As the Jury noted, “The project offers an alternative to “‘museified’ historic cores and it pioneers the regeneration of Birzeit’s historic centre into cultural infrastructure.”

It was the Ramallah-based Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation that designed and constructed the projects in Birzeit. Founded in 1991, Riwaq documents and preserves Palestinian architecture in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. After a 13-year study published as the Registry of Historic Buildings with the respective histories…

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