Jerusalem

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2001-2003 > Urban offer - The edge and the boundary 

 

In the tangle of long and bloody urban history, this project aims to put the spot light on a period of several decades on which the heart of the city was a hostile buffer zone, divided due to political circumstances. Just like Berlin, Nicosia and other cities in the world, the physical remains and consciousness aspects of the municipal boundary, that seemed like vanished over time, gives marks in all sorts of ways. This project tries to track down the overt and covert line and trace the phenomena derived from it.
The starting point that led the design process is at the same time realistic and optimistic, based on the notion that regardless to its short term history, the urban space is available and accessible, aimed to addressing civil and everyday needs and activities. Folded assumption in the base of this proposal is that reality has its own strength, and tissue fusion may occur not necessarily as a result of systematic thinking and great leadership, but rather with characterizing concrete and immediate available steps.
These tests were conducted both in the urban and architectural level, and reflected by followed planning decisions:
• Mapping points and areas all along the line, and decoding the places in which he makes a significant space in the city.
• Identifying the rift that extends north of the Damascus Gate of the old city as a fully potential place for intervention and influence, seeking to become from a buffer zone ( No Man's Land ) Into a unifying and sharing public open space ( Every Body's Land ) Which will allow encourage growth and connection.
• Collecting historical data about the streets and buildings which were affected by the division, and may take a role in the process of controlled fusion.
• Development of an urban strip with variable width measures and variety of activities, participating as international zone that deals with treating ongoing conflict, focusing on the implications of social, cultural, political and humanitarian derived from it.
• Reducing alienated transportation route and motor activity in the region, and encouraging walking to and from the demilitarized international strip and its territory.
• Creating meeting points and places that makes and encourages opportunities to stay, by radicalization based on opaque walls toward both sides of the city, and on the contrary full transparency towards the strip core.
• A public and half open museum is designed with Flexible changing system, offering commentary and poses for discussion the question of Palestinian Israeli dispute, as it is expressed in the heart of the city. Much of the exhibition spaces can be glimpsed from the outside, some of them are public spaces themselves, and even allow active involvement of the visitors.

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