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Shortlisted: Amin Yassin, Technion, Institute of Technology, Israel

‘The defeat of the Arab city of Palestine marked a turning point in the Arab population’s history and collective memory,’ says Amin Yassin, a graduate of Technion, Institute of Technology in Israel. ‘The surrender of Arab cities made it impossible to redevelop any new urban Arab existence. Rural became the only option.’

Tayibe is the third largest Arab town in Israel, currently with 40,000 citizens, and it is projected to grow over the coming decades, expanding into the fields around it. The proposal tries to create a new type of building for such a town, one that allows this growth, while engendering an enhanced urban quality.The three-storey building essentially creates land lots on top of each other, stacking opportunities for private ownership to create a public courtyard in the middle.

fieldsoftayibe_4_01This fortress-like megastructure envisaged for the outskirts of Tayibe, Israel, evokes Robin Hood Gardens with its central organic enclosure

‘The building functions as a megastructure that defines the boundaries for the owners, where they can build and where they cannot,’ says Yassin. The unprogrammed nature of the space is designed to allow multiple and flexible conditions of occupancy for its new users, while also enshrining civic values at its heart.

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