The Arc

A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State

Published Apr 24, 2005

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"Winner: 2005 Next LA Honor Award, American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles"

- Architecture, January 2006

"Clear, functional logic… a great project."

- American Institute of Architects, January 2006

"Clear and compelling framework plan. . . conveyed with extraordinary sensitivity. . . a visionary plan built on logical approach to infrastructure creating immeasurable hope for a displaced people and nation. "

- Middle East Journal, Summer 2007

"The excitement, enthusiasm, and self-belief of the research team are tangible, and the production values are of the highest quality; superb color graphics bring the Arc vividly to life. The concept is also put forth in high-quality DVD presentation that accompanies the book: for anyone engaged in teaching Palestinian politics, it can provide an unusually uplifting resource. Importantly, it has also been translated into Arabic, presumably with a view to gaining traction within Palestinian planning circles. Happily, the authors remain sensitive, and repeatedly underline the importance of Palestinian choice, local input, and design."


"'The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State', presents plans for improving housing and strengthening the transportation infrastructure in an independent state… 'The Arc' grapples with a solution to the conundrum of returning Palestinians [with] a transportation system that would link the West Bank and Gaza with ports in major towns such as Jenin, Gaza, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron… While they fully acknowledge the scope of the challenges at hand, 'Building a Palestinian State' and 'The Arc' spotlight potential success rather than focusing on setbacks and conflict."

- The New York Times, May 15, 2005

"… A reimagining not only of the landscape… but also of the Palestinian experience."

- Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct 2005

"The RAND Corporation has done itself proud with these publications on how to set up a Palestinian state…'The Arc' offers a model of the most efficient settlement and transportation configuration for this small and densely populated land. It is one of those rare planning documents, enriched with comparative data and meaningful illustrations, that both instructs and persuades."

- Urban Land, July 2005

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