This heavily illustrated book describes RIWAQ’s experiences in the village rehabilitation in Palestine. The publication is the collective effort of fourteen scholars and practitioners and comprises two parts: The Regeneration of Rural Palestine consists of six essays addressing the conceptual and theoretical aspects of rehabilitation; and Village Generation: Selected Case Studies describes and analyzes six different case studies of rehabilitation implemented by RIWAQ in the 50 Village Rehabilitation Project. Reclaiming Spaces also reflects how the specificity of each village imposed itself on the nature of interventions and the end result of the rehabilitation project.
Dr. Khaldun Bshara is an architect, restorer, and anthropologist. He is currently an advisor at Riwaq where he has worked since 1994. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University (1996), his MA in the conservation of historic towns and buildings from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2000). Bshara joined the University of California, Irvine where he obtained his MA in Anthropology in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology in 2012.
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Dr. Suad Amiry is a writer and an architect. She is the author of a number of architectural and non-fiction books. Her book “Sharon and my Mother-In-Law” was translated into twenty languages and won her Italy’s prestigious literary award, “Permio Viareggio” (2003). Her book, “Golda Slept Here” was awarded the 2014 “Nonino Prize” in Italy. Her most recent book is “My Damascus.” Amiry is the founder of Riwaq in Ramallah, Palestine. In 2011, she presented “My Work My Hobby” at TEDxRamallah.
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