Palestinian Cinematecture: Recapturing Reality via Architecture Narrative

Best Project of Public Space by Student

About the project
“If we don't tell our story, who would, ”The project sheds light on both the social and political aspect in which cinema can help optimize. The design represents a series of «cinematic spaces» that connect the Dheisheh refugee camp to downtown Bethlehem, Palestine. Aiming to enrich the cinematic culture and mirror the Palestinian stories of marginalized areas audio-visually. Empowering a new generation of pioneers, YouTubers, influencers, and local filmmakers to share their experiences to local and global audiences.
Platforms as a solution, The architectural concept is based on horizontal platforms that express cinematic spaces and are inspired by Dheisheh camp residents' social use. Vertical Platforms that reflect the outdoors and screen cinema towards the People's Flow. These spaces are divided into 3 main functions:
1) Social Cinema — Mobile Film,
2) Social Film Production — Film Lab,
3) Cinematheque _ Film Library.

Bethlehem, Palestine

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Applicant and author of the project
Lena Lahalih, Bachelor’s degree of Architecture, Al-Quds University