What is home?
Palestine across the diaspora
This year’s DC Palestinian Film + Arts Festival features a four-day architectural exhibit at the District Architecture Center in Chinatown, operated by AIA|DC. In cooperation with Shared Studios, the exhibit centers on an interactive pop-up Portal with audio-visual technology.
What is Home? Palestine Across the Diaspora spotlights over a hundred years of Palestinian architecture from historic to contemporary Palestine across the diaspora. Guests will explore the concept of home as an architectural, environmental, communal, and human experience vis-à-vis the Palestinian narrative.
Over 9.6 million Palestinians worldwide claim heritage to the same place - the same homeland. Palestine is a place physically inaccessible to most Palestinians, yet it remains a communal identifier that unifies a fragmented population in spite of distance and physical barriers. We thank our partners, The Nakba Museum Project DC, for sharing photography for the display.
Featured architects and displays include:
RIWAQ on cultural heritage and historical preservation; UNRWA on refugee and emergency response infrastructure; Senan Abdelqader on rebuilding and modernization; Decolonizing Art + Architecture Residency on experimental design as it pertains to the future of the Palestinian state; and ShamsArd Design Studio on environmentalism, landscape and vernacular architecture.
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