This year the event is unique with its third edition, as it is the first time the Biennale is expanding into a global level. This year, the theme is entitled 'This Sea is Mine', exploring the subject of return beyond Palestine and around the Mediterranean Sea.
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