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The Arc Wins “Future Project of the Year” at the 2010 World Architecture Festival 

Last week Suisman Urban Design and its Palestinian Arc project were awarded first prize for “Best Future Project” at the 2010 World Architecture Festival. The festival is the world’s largest international architectural competition and, according to the U.K’s Independent newspaper, “the world’s biggest architectural event.”

Doug Suisman accepting the 2010 Future Project of the Year award in Barcelona The Arc won over 235 projects that were shortlisted from 55 countries at this year’s event held in Barcelona. The Swedish magazine Arkitektur reported, “The greatest jubilation in the festival hall was heard when the winner in the category of 'Future projects - master planning' was presented. Winner Suisman Urban Design, in its Arc project for Palestine, has produced a stunning vision of infrastructure for a future Palestinian state.” The three judges – from the U.S., England, and China - were unanimous in their decision. They concluded: “The Arc excels in translating a complex context into a clear and powerful diagram...it is rigorous, practical, and believable...an example of architecture and masterplanning helping to promote a political solution.”

This award and the enthusiasm with which the Arc's success was greeted by a group of leading architects, architecture critics and urban planners further demonstrates the power of the Arc vision and its ability to inspire people to believe that a future Palestinian state living in peace, prosperity and security with Israel is possible. We believe that the Arc represents the best avenue towards a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, by first building the integrated infrastructure necessary for peace, prosperity and security, and by providing the stakeholders and the larger world community with a tangible vision of a viable, prosperous Palestinian state.

The Arc project includes calls for action that can be started now. 100, 300, and 1000 day plans have been presented that allow for rapid implementation, and real-world impacts in short timeframes.  The Arc project would create over 160,000 jobs for Palestinians, directly contributing to an upward spiral of prosperity. 

Please join Friends of the Arc in congratulating Suisman Urban Design for their win, and take this moment to email your friends about this amazing accomplishment.  Please have them join us on Facebook and Twitter.  And please help raise awareness about how the Arc could catalyze peace, prosperity and security in the Middle East.

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