Infrastructural lifeline for Palestine and Israel

PrizeWinner in Landscape Architecture / Urban Planning
Firm LocationKorbach, Germany
CompanyChristoph Hesse Architects
Lead ArchitectChristoph Hesse
Design TeamYvonne Wagner
ClientGLOBUS - Global Urban Studies Institute Berlin

TASK 1999 was a year of hope with peaceful intentions. In the so-called “Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum” the leaders of Israel, Palestine, USA, Egypt, Jordan and the United Nations agreed to work on the following “peace projects”: 1) A stable and safe Gaza - West Bank passage 2) A seaport for Gaza to connect Palestine to the world 3) A free trade zone shared by Israel and Palestine 4) A strategy to solve the water shortage in the area 5) A concept to reverse the “dying” of the Dead Sea VISION Since 1999, nothing really happened. The promising situation was overshadowed by constant conflicts and several wars. The time has come to re-examine the memorandum with serious effort. The aim of this planning project is to design the five points and to start implementing the “peace projects” instead of arguing and fighting all the time. CONCEPT The main idea is to design an “infrastructural lifeline” that combines a road, railway tracks and a water connection to create a stable Gaza-West Bank passage. The water connection between the Mediterranean- and the Dead Sea supplies drinking water to the people in this dry climate and reverses the dramatic shrinking of the Dead Sea.