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.
LIGHT AND FLIGHT
PART's CONTRIBUTION TO LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE In collaboration with DS22, NG Architects and Amos Trust
London, a city of multiple skins, is home to a large number of migrants and refugees who in the majority are unable to return to their homes, or families, or simply left some special places or people behind once moved to London. given the current socio-political situation, we envisage the London Festival of Architecture as a platform to embrace, respond and preserve the Londoners memories. in celebration of this great multicultural city, an interactive installation of light and flight is proposed to take over the ground floor space of the department of architecture at the University of Westminster during the course of OPEN exhibition. Suspended from above and located within a 'bird folly', the installations recollects a dismembered sky and calls towards all of London's broader migrant community to write a message to those they remember and cannot reach. The interactive installation forms a fundamental platform to simply share memories of special people or places from all Londoners, whether they come from Asia, Africa, Europe, US or other parts in the UK. the messages remembrance are to soar up into the sky and travel afar by air as a celebration of hope; hope giving wings to the human spirit.
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