Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre (via)
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.
Photo essay by Thomas Jorion (via)
La petite ceinture — the little belt — is an abandoned railway line, 32 km long, that circles Paris. Built in stages from 1852 to 1900, the line connected the main stations of the city’s five major railway companies. It closed to passenger traffic in 1934, facing increasing competition from the newly opened Métro; meanwhile freight traffic declined over the years, and by the mid-1980s the line was abandoned.
Xi Si Bei [Urban Carpet: Brown] 2009
Carpets are representing different maps of Hutong areas in downtown Beijing with a size of approximately one square kilometre and a population of 30000. Each of them has been isolated and presented as autonomous town within the big city. They are embroidered by hand with the same technique of the propaganda slogans on large fabrics used by the communist party during the seventies. The carpets have been filled with white wire wool insertions.
120718 - Metropolitan Correctional Centre, Chicago. Planned and detailed for vision splays, as much as for aesthetics of the inner city.
Judge Haddon-Cave of the Hight Court of England decided in favor of the British Minister of Defense that the installation of surface-to-air missiles on the roof of a 17 floor building in East London during the Olympics of this year. (Guardian link here)