Al Nakba Museum -The Question of Palestine Museum and Center | Khalid Ali

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66 years have passed since the Palestinian Nakba, Over 10 Million in Exile and the ones living on the occupied land are facing apartheid and segregation, The rest of Palestine land turning into smaller enclaves, Palestinians are fragmented around the world, There Identity threatened.
The Question of Palestine was once the main topic of the Middle East, with the rise of conflict throughout the Middle East & the difficulty of day to day life this Conflict has lost its importance and with the ongoing threat of Judaization Palestine will be lost.
Al Nakba Museum Is a place where people visit and experience a Reflection on exile of the Palestinians, A Museum that tells the story of Palestinians through Architecture and its elements. A place where the elements of Architecture Speak louder than words and express memories and feelings.
Goals: A place where people experience the pain and misery caused by their uprooting. To inspire them to learn about the Question and the importance of Identity, to understand the pain that our Grandfathers went through, the pain and misery Of Palestinian Refugee’s throughout the world.


Palestinian poets and writers have spent years in exile, Exile  a Status that occupied their minds through out there life’s, in their writings that occupation   had influenced them, Writers like Edward Said & Mahmoud Darwish Reflected Exile in there writings. In the Case of Al Nakba Museum , the Museum itself is in Exile and to understand Exile you must go through there reflections. Exile is like death but without Death, it has torn millions of people from the nourishment of tradition, family and geography. Exile is a form of Uprooting who ever experiences it is Scared, Broken from history & broken from his time line, their identity faces Hostility, Isolation, Pain Loneliness & are miserable, Mohammed darwish Explains the pain of Exile and reassembling an identity out of the refraction & discontinuities of exile. Exile Is life led outside Habitual Order, Exile is nomadic, Exile is Contrapuntal (composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together), Decentered but no sooner does one set accustomed to it that its unsettling force erupts a new, It manifests its memories, For an exile habit of life, Expression or activity in the new environment inevitably occurs against the memory of their things in another environment thus both are vivid, Actual occurring together contrapuntally. IDENTITY
Identity represents history, culture, tradition, geography and most of all the order of a certain people.
Identity of a Palestinian goes back to 4000 years of layer on top of layer of generation and history, it’s rooted in the land it resembles the core of a human and gives life meaning. The identity of a people represented by a spiral, each generation represents a cycle and the identity of a people is the combination or layers of cycles that form a spiral, to end an identity one must disrupt and ultimately destroy this spiral that represents history, memories and traditions connected with a certain geography.

A Reflection on Exile on the Identity of the Palestinian, Identity that is represented by a spiral that is then torn from its order cycle into exile, Exile that becomes the new order of this Identity, Contrapuntal, Decentered, fragmented and the manifestation of memories that manifest its form, each memories tells a part of the Palestinian Question.
Architectural Elements Space, Light ( direction and Intensity) , material and the absence of light are the elements used to tell the story. Project Credits

Project Name: Al Nakba Museum, The Question of Palestine Museum and Center

Student: Khalid Ali

School: Petra University

Adviser: Arch.Rania Abu Ramdan

Year: Graduation Project – June 2014

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