Green Cake

Green Cake

From Ashes and Rubbles to Bricks and Walls
Majd Mashharawi
Palestinian Territories

In the Gaza strip, seventeen thousand homes were destroyed in the last war with Israel, and reconstruction is hampered by Israel’s blockade of the territory, into which 2 million people are crowded. Using materials of which Gaza has plenty – rubble from buildings destroyed in successive wars, and ash from heating, cooking and power generation – Majd Mashharawi developed a new kind of building block, which makes the Gaza strip less reliant on imported aggregate and cement as it struggles to rebuild. The block also carries a sense of dignity and resourcefulness among Gazans.


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