With the end of World War II and the dissolution of the colonial occupation, there was a transitional period in which the empires withdrew from the African continent, and gradually the African countries gained independence. In the same historical narrative, the Israeli Independence declaration created a common ideological denominator with the African nations, with both countries rooted in democracy, socialism, labor and the spirit of nationalism.
The frequent upheavals that plagued African countries, including rule exchanges, invasion of capitalist mechanisms in a new trend of neocolonialism, and the rise of radical Islam – have directly affected the nature of their relations with Israel, with relations often being replaced by suspicion and hostility. Despite the crisis of the African-Israeli relations and complete diplomatic detachment, trade relations between Israel and many African countries continued to exist, particularly in the field of infrastructure.
The 1990s brought with them a fragile political stability, allowing a renewed positive connection between Israel and African countries. Since then, the Israeli presence at the ‘Black Continent’, which is present in face of crony-capitalism, is a source of controversy over the extent of the Israeli intervention and influence onto the African continent.
The current project offers a railway-line stretching from Israel to Uganda based on the Nile River.
The lack of roads and railways infrastructures in Africa is considered to be the continent’s worst affliction, leaving many areas isolated, which severely impede the aid missions.
The establishment of this railway type is creating an independent platform to conduct an open and transparent trade-affairs, accessible to a broad segment of population and markets, and will use as a lever for development and entrepreneurship in the individual and collective hierarchy in parallel.
The added value of building this kind of railway is in the ability to shatter the continent into fragments in specific factors, inflate local virtues and weave Israel into this rich fabric.
In a precise planning of each train-station, a generic structure is implanted into a specific territory compartment. From here, the values of each station will derive from local needs, cultural tradition, heritage, and material formations.
The station is an infrastructural wedge- Internally use as a scheduled platform for occurrence, and externally, a spatial anchor that frames the landscape and cultural ambience.
In order to embody this approach, the project presents planning feasibility for two stations – one in Juba, a capital of Southern Sudan, and the other in Be’er Sheva, a developing city in the south of Israel. The comparative model intends to reveal the tectonic similarities alongside the local values that characterize each place.