West Bank, Palestine

When designing the master plan for Rawabi, the main challenge was to orchestrate all the resources of a major city within the intimidating topography of the site’s dramatic slopes. By orienting the bulk of the site’s verticality along a single major road which encircles the city, the rest of the master plan is organized into laterally-arranged neighborhoods which traverse the hill and simultaneously embrace and reconcile the challenging terrain. These neighborhoods are then strategically located such that they retain the intimacy of a small village while remaining tightly connected to the nearby schools and retail of the larger Rawabi community