Matthew Trulli

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2016




architecture, palestine, infrastructure, border system, topography




Architectural Engineering | Architectural History and Criticism | Architectural Technology | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Environmental Design | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


The Israeli and Palestinian populations each have their own distinct infrastructural system, which operates independently and fails to connect the people in this region. This thesis contends that if a two-state solution is implemented under the guidelines of the 2003 Geneva Accord, new connections can stitch the populations of Israel and Palestine together through a reimagined border system.

These divisive infrastructural networks, which are a result of tense relationships, have also sparked increased violence throughout the region, particularly in Jerusalem. The French Hill, located north of the Old City in Jerusalem, is positioned at a critical point in the infrastructural network that would allow it to become the preeminent crossing between the two nations. Here, the confluence of major highways, public transport, and densely populated communities creates a node where the border crossing can exist.

The border crossing will engage multiple modes of transport in an effort to not only link them, but also allow for interaction between them. The key link in the crossing will be a market that aims to facilitate the exchange of goods and ideas in a setting that promotes interaction amongst those that pass through. The border crossing will become one part of the larger border system that will move away from the traditional built wall and invert itself to allow for topography to act as the new border.


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