Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre (Arabic version)
Type
web page
Year
2014

This five-year project, part of a rehabilitation master plan initiated by Riwaq, has transformed the decaying town of Birzeit, created employment through conservation and revived vanishing traditional crafts in the process. Community involvement was encouraged from the start, including local NGOs, the private sector, owners, tenants and users, all working with the municipality. Both historic buildings and public spaces have been rehabilitated into community activity hubs. Replaced sections of wall remain distinguishable from the original structures, without harming architectural coherence. Lost features were replaced where there was clear evidence for their former appearance, such as floor tiles with Palestinian motifs. Affordable traditional techniques and local materials were used throughout. Where no historical models were available, new elements were made in a bold contemporary spirit.

Source: AKDN.org

Citation
Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre project description and images translated from the Aga Khan Development Network website, 2013.
Associated Sites
Authorities
Copyright
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Country
Palestine
Language
Arabic
Keywords
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlisted Project