Regeneration next

09.12.2011                      13.Kislev. 5772

Kultur:

Regeneration next

The time has come for an end to sprawling suburbs and for the renewal of existing neighborhoods, according to experts at a conference on urban planning.

From the very first conference of the Movement for Israeli Urbanism in Be'er Sheva in 2005, which dealt with the renewal of urban public spaces, to the fourth conference last week in Ashkelon on "The City as an Engine of Economic Growth," the importance of the association's principles – to "strive to improve the quality of urban life in Israel and actively promote the development of a sustainable and humane urban environment in Israel" – has only increased.
This summer's social protest movement, in which the MIU (known in Hebrew as Merhav ) took an active role in lectures and tent meetings around the country, provided it with a boost. During the protests it became clear that there was a necessary link between planning, society and politics – that social justice cannot be separated from urban justice….