5-31 October 2016
This year London joined people across the globe to inaugurate Qalandiya International (QI).
Qalandiya International (QI) is a collaborative contemporary art event that takes place every two years in Palestinian cities and villages. Founded in 2012, QI is the culmination of the vision and work of a number of prominent cultural and artistic institutions all over Palestine and abroad; all are focusing on contemporary art and its relation to the Palestinian cultural landscape.
This year the event was in its 3rd edition, this is very unique as it was the first time that Qalandiya International expanded into a global level to include collaborative art and spatial programs from different countries and cities around the world. From Gaza, Haifa, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, crossing Palestine to reach Beirut, Amman and London, we aimed to create cultural links that challenge the enforced boundaries and unify the fragmented geography. Combining our energy and resources, QI presented a substantial international collaboration through dozens of activities and programs including series of art and architecture exhibitions, as well as performances, film screenings, workshops and tours, that opened up channels for dialogue and exchange, both locally and internationally; produced in a single collective endeavour.
QI London is supported by Arts Council England
OPEN Gaza is a collaborative project involving academics, architects, planners, engineers and theorists from the UK, USA, Palestine and India to bring expertise in design and urban thinking in order to expand the possibilities for intervention and change in the Gaza Strip.
The recent hardening of the border zone in the Palestinian territories by the Israeli government requires a responsive architecture that can heal the many fractures which have been created. Seeking a critical form of architecture practice has thus become an urgent and vital part of any effective regeneration plans for Palestine, a country which is now fragmented and spatially denied its own basic resources.
As practicing architects, urban planners and academics, we are searching for potential spaces of possibilities that can be used to empower the fragmented Palestinian community and bridge the gaps between the divided spaces they now live in.
Hence the process initiated by Palestine Regeneration Team (PART) -- which we invite you to participate in with design projects, writings and events -- aims to explore, both theoretically and practically, the spatial and economic potentials of Palestine. The intention is to cultivate possibilities for change. Our interest within PART is to share experiences and projects and texts through this online public forum. As such, we hope that it can act as an umbrella to broaden the debate and to create conditions for new design proposals while also sustaining ongoing initiatives.
In a collaborative effort between Palestine Regeneration Team, Golzari-NG Architects and Riwaq: centre for architectural conservation, The Women's Eco Kitchen and Environmental Playground wins the 2014 Holcim Acknowledgment Award