RESTORATION AND REHABILITATION IN PALESTINE: HOSH EL ETEM IN THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF BIRZEIT

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No. of pages: 143
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English/French

ISBN: 978-2-87522-104-9

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The first part of the works demonstrates the diversity of RIWAQ’s intervention in the historic centers of Palestine. It also showcases the creativity of its architects, called upon to dynamically preserve their heritage and affirm their cultural identity. The second part is dedicated to developing and promoting the project to save Hosh el Etem (al Etem courtyard house), and to the onsite training workshops, organized by the Paix-Dieu Centre for Heritage Professionals. Generously illustrated, the training workshops – for metro-photography surveys, infra-red lasers, traditional ironwork and mural painting and decorations– have allowed Palestinian craftsmen to be retaught important, but vanishing traditional techniques, and have paved the way for the appreciation of traditional competencies among artisans across the field in their quest to reclaim their roots.

Authors

  • 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.

  • Jacques BARLET is an Architect – Graduate in History of Art and Archaeology (University of Liège - Belgium). He is a scientific collaborator at the Belgian Centre for Archaeological Research when he conducted excavation and anastylosis study of the Roman theatre, houses, and the caravanserai of Apamée-sur-l’Oronte (Syria). He served as a consultant at the Council of Europe (1973-1976), and as a professor at the University of Liège (1990 to 2006) where he lectured about preservation and restoration of the immovable cultural heritage, history of architecture. Since 2002, he has been the Honorary Chairman of the Royal Commission of Monuments, Sites, and Excavations. Between 2006 and 2018, he joined scientific missions and restoration projects of the Walloon Heritage Institute, during which he worked with Riwaq Center in Ramallah, Palestine on the restoration of Hosh el-Etem, Morcos Nassar Mansion, Dar es-Sa’a, St. George Monastery, Al-Huqqiyya Mansion. In 2019, Barlet was awarded “Riwaq’s Honorary Award” in its first edition.

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