‘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.
Gaza Open aims to create a platform for discussion and sharing of ideas, and to practice – one of the most essential roles and responsibilities of planning and design - to better the livelihood of people, to create through responsive design a humane, equitable, and tractable environment.
The contributors include Terreform, Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), and many other organisations and individuals who aim to create collective spatial change and a critical form of practice and thinking that can challenge the current inequalities facing Gaza.
PART's contribution to Open Gaza is called 'SUBVER-CITY, ABSURD-CITY'.
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 Project Forum (PRPF) -- 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 the PRPF 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, NG Architects UK and Riwaq: centre for architectural conservation, The Women's Eco Kitchen and Environmental Playground wins the 2014 Holcim Acknowledgment Award