The Jerusalem model of neighborhood planning is unique in Israel, with ‘community urban planners’ embedded in nearly thirty neighborhoods around the city, East and West. The community urban planners are responsible for getting resident input on urban design and management: what should change, what should remain, where and when and how. Many of these community planners are graduates of the Hebrew University MA program in urban planning, and have worked with the Urban Clinic leading Friday walks, placemaking projects, studio courses, and urban regeneration plans. This year, for the first time, we are working with the full group, leading a series of capacity-building workshops.
Delivered in close partnership with the Israel Council of Community Centers and the Jerusalem municipality urban planning and architecture departments, the Neighborhoods Connect workshops help the community planners to identify the public space network in and, importantly, across neighborhoods. The photos below show the iterative process of learning, drawing, presenting and redrafting the neighborhood maps. The project is expected to culminate in a city-wide exhibition for decision makers and resident-activists, and may provide important input in updating the Jerusalem masterplan.