Palestine represents a unique case, being fragmented to pieces of lands left for the Palestinians, while Israel holds control of most of historic Palestine. These lands are even more fragmentized by the checkpoints, the physical boundaries and most importantly; the Separation Wall, which left the west bank and Gaza in a bubble that is exploding.The division of areas to A,B and C, in addition to all the earlier factors makes what is left of Palestine; a number of clusters that form the “Island” ; this is the archipelago of Palestine, but if we think about the architectural archipelago? Well, the urban fabric of Palestine is as much fragmented as its lands, we have cities that can only extend as far as the areas jurisdiction allows, being connected only through routes and checkpoints, leading to even more fragmented pieces of zones such as camps, villages and settlements, sarcastic though, not only the Israeli settlements, but also the Palestinian settlements that have been newly built such as Rawabi.Not only this, but what constitutes the urban fabric of these lands is an archipelago of architecture. While many higher class neighborhoods are being built in some cities, for example, let’s take Ramallah, there is the city center; a cluster of scattered buildings with nothing connecting them but the use of the same stone material.
Al Irsal; has some of these same buildings, but also it has some other architectural let’s say “styles” , there is Palestine’s tower; a high rise building that with its super horribleness, imposes itself on the other buildings, Al-Irsal Center, with its newly modern high buildings that are near the trade tower and the middle and high class neighborhoods within and outside the city, ex: Al teerha , al Rayhan and of course Rawabi, and not forgetting the many camps within and outside the city such as Qalandya Camp, Al-Amari camp ad Ala-Jalazon Camp. Surrounding all this, are many Israeli settlements. This mix of architectural styles, with the dispersed land, makes the urban fabric of Palestie incoherent and disconnected