- Consideration/Analysis of the territorial Situation of the PalestinianWest Bank and the Public Participation in the Palestinian Planning Process    click here to open paper content278 kb
by    Malusardi, Federico & Scoppetta, Cecilia | federico.malusardi@uniroma1.it   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
The political Israeli-Palestinian situation greatly influences their
territories. Disintegration forces are dramatically present but
inhabitants' and local authorities' participation intends to overcome these
disintegration forces.
Title: Territorial joint planning vs disintegration forces: the case of
Constructing institutions from territory

It is known that the political situation through which Palestinian
people and their lands had gone through, have their wide influence
on all aspects of life in Palestine. One of those aspects – produced
by the Israeli-Palestine contrast and, more recently, by the
construction of the separation wall – is the process of settlement and
the demographic expansion, as is the growing population
established in the limited and fragmented space of the Palestinian
It is evident the singularity and the general interest of the Palestinian
case: a territory with feeble institution today. For these reasons, the
Palestinians have rarely had the opportunity to launch organized
building projects and well-planned settlements. In other words, this
situation generates the impossibility of management of resources:
not only human, cultural and socio-economic, but also primaries
(water, land, environment).

In the perspective of a Palestinian land planning or of a larger
process of a joint planning (already prospected in a tentative way:
see the workshop Coordinating “Israeli 2020” and “Palestine 2015”,
with Palestinians, Israeli and Dutch participants), it is evident the role
of the local territorial institutions into a participation process, through
the individuation of appropriate stakeholders, certainly emerging from
disintegrated territory and people, with the task to integrate them.
In particular, the analysis and the interpretation of the physical forms
(as perceived by the inhabitants) of the different kind of settlements in
their evolution – rural villages, refugee camps, urban historical
centres – could be the starting point forward population involvement.
The scenario of a participated planning should include the cultural
heritage conservation as a common identity resource.

An inter-university research developed in loco (Al-Naja, Al-Quds and
Birzeit Universities) by the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, whose
results has been published in the journal “urbanistica pvs” n.41

Professor Dr. Federico MALUSARDI
Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Rome 'La
Sapienza, Italy.
He is honouree member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Editor
of ''urbanistica pvs''. He has, asVice President, been member of the
ISoCaRP Executive Committee and is now ISoCaRP's official
accredited representative for UNCHS (Habitat)

Architect, PhD Town Planner, Lecturer at the Department of City and
Regional Planning, University of Rome, 'La Sapienza, Italy

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