Jerusalem 2050: A Plan for an Uncertain Future, Public competition, MIT, USA (2007)
The competition, initiated by MIT, called for proposals addressing the problems of conflicted Jerusalem by looking at them as challenges in urban design, rather than in the realms of policy making or international diplomacy.
SAYA’s proposal was framework for solution, rather than one fixed plan. The framework was based on two layers- A. A set of “Resolution Planning” guidelines developed by SAYA. These included five principals for approaching planning within conflicted contexts. B. Identification of key urban Challenges facing planners in any future political scenario Jerusalem 2050 will face.
The two layers were combined in a set of explorations through the selected case study sites in the city. Each urban challenge was explored within the context of a different political scenario, and a spatial solution was proposed for it accordingly. The guidelines were demonstrated through it, including each solution’s adaptability to different scenarios.
The result is a spatial-architectural foundation suitable to various political resolutions, which provides an approach, a methodology, and specific planning proposals for any form of peace Jerusalem 2050 will call for.
This project responds to the challenge by establishing a framework for solution, rather than one fixed plan. This framework combines two layers: A.- A set of “resolution planning” guidelines- five principals developed for approaching planning within a conflicted context; and B.- Identification of key urban challenges facing planners in any future political scenario.
Project: Jerusalem 2050: A Plan for an Uncertain Future
Status: Submitted, 2007
Client: Public competition, MIT, USA
Team: SAYA – Arch. Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat and Arch. Karen Lee Bar-Sinai
Graphic Design: Nimrod Schenkelbach