In the 62% of the West Bank considered Area C, illegal Israeli settlements continue to expand onto private Palestinian land while the Israeli Civil Administration systematically denies Palestinian communities' master plans, instead issuing demolition orders. In an article, the Wash Post called Susiya "a ramshackle village with squalid tents" ... but that's not their choice. The villagers have a beautiful vision for their community, and so far, the Occupation blocks their ability to manifest it.
With participation by the village, we will hold a two-tiered design competition guided by distinguished Palestinian architects, designers, and planners. Susiya's villagers will select the winning design, which will be crafted into a 3D model. This model, along with the four runners-up, will tour universities worldwide, providing a visual of a collective dream of the community. Showing the world Susiya's vision will help keep it standing and set a precedent for other villages to flourish.
Oxford Professor Nabil Hamdi said, 'To do something big - to think globally and act globally - one starts with something small and one starts where it counts.' We hope this design competition will be harness the world's creativity to help the villagers of Susiya share their vision for the future. We believe that creativity will advance the growing movement to press elected officials to recognize Susiya's planning rights, and the planning rights of all Palestinian villages in Area C.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Washington Post Article Aug 28, 2016