Tulkarm Women's Development Association

Tulkarm, West Bank, Palestine
Construction Admin: Marie Taylor, Yousef Taha
Supervisor: Khaldun Bshara


The women’s group had a number of upgrade requirements, including an expanded kitchen space, rooms for selling traditional goods, and administration spaces that could house a conference/training room. The restoration focused on stabilizing a building particularly ravaged by poor renovation and past maintenance, while still preserving as many historically significant elements as possible. These elements included windows and doors were rehabilitated, or replicated and replaced to maintain historic integrity. Additionally, original tiles were excavated and re-laid when possible. The new facade removed a concrete addition, replacing it with a storefront facade that mimics the nearby shops usually run by men, but with an element of privacy to protect the women working inside.

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