6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

170 The proposal for the restoration of the historic center of Kafr ‘Aqab, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, creates an environmental, social and cultural hub for the local community. The project is the outcome of a collaborative effort made with local institutions, administrations and, most importantly, the local community. It moves through different scales to include infrastructural and landscape interventions as well as targeted measures at the building scale for the restoration of historical fabrics. The program includes a play area for children, eco-kitchens for the women’s association as well as spaces for cultural activities and local institutions. To strengthen the connection with the location’s rural history and promote an environmentally friendly approach, the project emphasizes local materials (limestone, crushed pottery and sand, wisely mixed with structural concrete) for reconstruction. In addition, the project adopts green practices including rainwater collection, greywater irrigation, Holcim Awards Gold 2020 Middle East Africa Growing Social Fabric Urban restoration and community hub East Jerusalem Global Holcim Awards finalist update page 192