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TEDxRamallah: Simply Look Inside You, Never at Others / Suad Amiry

In this TEDxRamallah, Palestinian Architect Saud Amiry – who works in architectural restoration on Palestinian buildings – discusses her journey as someone finding a path for herself.  Although she speaks about her nationality and her family’s refugee history, her focus is on learning how to find the things that are fulfilling in one’s life in the face of challenges.  Her sense of humor and passion is inspiring.  Not only is she an architect working in a field for which she has a passion, she has also stumbled upon the role of an author, having written “Sharon and my Mother–in-Law: Ramallah Diaries”, which is an account of living under Israeli occupation.  Even in the dire political circumstances of of her refugee status, Amiry finds humor under tragic circumstances.

More about Amiry after the break…

A.M. Qattan Foundation Bulding Winning Proposal / Donaire Arquitectos

Courtesy of Donaire Arquitectos
Courtesy of Donaire Arquitectos

Last week, Donaire Arquitectos was selected as the winner of the international competition, organized by ArchiFolio, to build the new A.M. Qattan Building, which is a charity that has worked towards the development of culture and education, with a particular focus on children, teachers and young artists. Located in Ramallah, Palestine,  the winning proposal for the Quattan Foundation is perceived as a lighthouse bringing enlightenment to the Palestinian people. This role as flagship of Palestinian culture is in need for a recognizable image worthy to represent its social leadership with a physical landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Lace / Centrala

  • Architects: Centrala
  • Location: Ramallah
  • Architect: Centrala
  • Designer: Jakub Szczęsny
  • Collaborator: Tomasz Gancarczyk
  • Project Coordination: Barbara Urban, Office of the Representative of the Republic of Poland
  • Client: Office of the Representative of the Republic of Poland to the Palestinian National Authority
  • Photographs: Barbara Urban and Centrala

© Barbara Urban and Centrala © Barbara Urban and Centrala © Barbara Urban and Centrala © Barbara Urban and Centrala