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The paper discusses the challenges of planning for securing sustainable urbanization and urbanism in city under conflict such as Jerusalem.
Sustainable Planning in a non-Sustainable Situation: The Case of Jerusalem
Rassem Khamaisi
Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, University of Haifa
46 ISOCARP Congress, Nairobi, Kenya, September 2010
The challenges for securing sustainable urbanization and urbanism, particularly in segregated cities and communities or ones which are undergoing rapid urbanization, is a topic which engages and acquires the consideration of urban planners, mangers and developers. There are different theories and guidelines about how to cope with rapid urbanization in order to reach the point of sustainable development in cities. There still remains however, a constant theoretical and practical vacuum about how to secure urban spatial planning which can create the basis for sustainable urban environment in cities or urban regions under conflict. One such city is Jerusalem. The main themes of the presentation include a discussion about the aforementioned vacuum shedding some light and insight into the reasons and the factors of the non-sustainable situation which lead urban planners and managers to suggest plans that cannot provide sustainable development to all the citizens and residents of the City. The presentationís main argument is based on the notion of applied practices to sustain urban development in situations of partisan planning which ignors the rights of all its residents to the City. These practices, common in divided, segregated and conflicted cities, are in fact avoiding the principles of development of urban sustainability. The paper will discuss this argument through describing the case of Jerusalem. This city is undergoing a rapid urbanization process, as a result of the geo-political, demographic and ethno-national competition and conflict over the city. The presentation will discuss in depth, how the planners of the last City outline Plan ''Jerusalem 2000'', dealt with suitability in a non sustainable situation.
Jerusalem, Urbanized Region, spatial planning, trretorial control
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