Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya

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Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya
Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya
Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya
Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya
Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya
Designing a Future Palestinian Susiya


When they created their master-zoning plan, the Palestinian villagers of Susiya shared a hopeful vision of a future on the land that they own in the West Bank's Area C. To realize this vision, the villagers worked with 2 architects, Yomken and Rebuilding Alliance to open an architectural design competition. Architects, designers, planners are invited to transform Susiya's master plan into three-dimensional models. Winning designs will travel to universities worldwide raising funds to build.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Washington Post Article Aug 28, 2016

Organization Information

Rebuilding Alliance

Location: Burlingame, CA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @RebuildAll
Project Leader:
Donna Baranski-walker
Executive Director
Burlingame, CA United States

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