The recent hardening of the border zone in Palestine 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.
DRESSING/UNDRESSING THE LANDSCAPE
Exhibition 1-29 March 2019
Dressing/Undressing the Landscape explores means to rethink the current cultural landscape of the Middle East. In a dialogue between architecture, art and spatial design, female architects and artists from the Arab world and beyond, bring forward new insights to the cities of Gaza, Mosul, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Ramallah and the rural villages of Palestine.
The works provoke the current geography of the Middle East and the way it is being represented, exploited and imagined -- especially with the on-going colonial project that continues to dress it with alien layers and new sceneries. The contributors question through design, what might a landscape crafted by women be like? They offer alternatives that resist the legislated power of men, the power of war and the power of image, which have been constantly reinvented.
This exhibition is part of Awan Festival and is curated by Yara Sharif from Palestine Regeneration Team (PART).
Exhibitors: Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), Hemali Rathod, Julia Topley, Sakiya: Sahar Qawasmi, Rim Kalsoum, Hiba Al-Safi, Nuha Hansen, Angeliko Sakellariou, Dana Nasser, May Sayrafi, Samar Maqusi.
London Festival Of Architecture 15 June - 2 July 2017
Light and Flight is a collaborative project as part of London Festival of Architecture (LFA) 2017 led by DS22 in collaboration with Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), Golzari - NG Architects and in partnership with Amos Trust.
This installation celebrates the notion of Memory -- this year’s LFA theme. More specifically, it evokes the hidden and dynamic layers of London’s migrant community. London, a city of multiple skins, is home to a large number of migrants and refugees who once searched for their future on its land and are unable to return, leaving some special memories behind. In celebration, Light and Flight embraces and responds to these memories.
The exhibition will take place at the University of Westminster 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Qalandiya International London 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 in its 3rd edition, 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.
2016 RIBA President's Award for Research
PART receives the RIBA President's Commendation Award of Research 2016 for their design projects at Palestine Regeneration Team (PART)/Golzari NG Architects, under the cities and community category.
The design projects were chosen from this year’s record-breaking 75 submissions from 144 countries.
PART's projects focused on seeking constructive ways of using architecture and urban design to mend the fragmented landscape in Palestine through the principles of ‘stitching’ and ‘empowering’. It explores spatial possibilities while also demonstrating the links between building and socio-economic regeneration, as a way to address issues of conflict and cultural identity.
The panel of judges commented about the project: "This is a fascinating piece of work that bridges anthropology and urbanism, political and cultural studies, and operates on a design and build level.
2014 Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction
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