The Next Jerusalem: Sharing the Divided City

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This important collection brings together noted Israeli, Palestinian, and American architects and urbanists to consider the physical future of Jerusalem and to offer specific proposals for making the city functional, beautiful, and physically generous to its inhabitants' needs. The essays focus on issues of ecology, preservation, neighborhood development, and open space. While the authors take a variety of approaches, all agree on the necessity of sharing the city amicably. Contributors are Ghiora Aharoni, ...

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This important collection brings together noted Israeli, Palestinian, and American architects and urbanists to consider the physical future of Jerusalem and to offer specific proposals for making the city functional, beautiful, and physically generous to its inhabitants' needs. The essays focus on issues of ecology, preservation, neighborhood development, and open space. While the authors take a variety of approaches, all agree on the necessity of sharing the city amicably. Contributors are Ghiora Aharoni, Moustafa Bayoumi, and Jerrilyn D. Dodds; Ariella Azoulay; Rasem Badran; Stella Betts, David Leven, and David Snyder; M. Christine Boyer; Joan Copjec; Keller Easterling; Samira Haj; Rassem Khamaisi; Romi Khosla; Thom Mayne, Rose Mendez, and Caroline Barat; Deborah Natsios and John Young; Moshe Safdie; Mack Scogin; Michael Sorkin and Andrei Vovk; Achva Benzinberg Stein; Amir Sumaka'i Fink; Jafar Tukan; Dag Tvilde and Ali Ziadah; Eyal Weizman; James Wines; Lebbeus Woods; Oren Yiftachel and Haim Yacobi; and Omar Youssef.

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"When such powerful markers of an urban landscape-the ones that root a people to a place and a land-absorb this facile brand of hopelessness and inevitability, they have the power to make corrosive myths become concrete.... How do you heal a city rent by myth?" So asks one of the 25 contributors to this visionary collection, dedicated to reimagining the physical and ideational space of Jerusalem, or (in Arabic) Al Quds. Responding to a 1997 Jerusalem architectural conference that excluded Palestinian participation, New York architect Sorkin organized a second conference on the fate of the city that took place in Bellagio, Italy, in 1999, with 25 Palestinians, Israelis and "others" (mostly Americans) participating in equal numbers. Taking an eventual two-state solution as a given, the participants came up with some ingenious plans for mutual cooperation and healing via architecture-everything from "displacing" contested sites in Jerusalem and relocating them elsewhere (such as moving the Western Wall to Safed and the Dome of the Rock to Nablus) to taking the informal sites of Arab and Jewish same-sex encounters as starting points for imagining interfaith relations. While the conference took place before the second intifada began, and thus also before September 11th, Sorkin finds that even looking at the book through those lenses, "nothing in its feeling or analysis shifts. A just and equitable peace remains the only hope." (Dec.) Forecast: A recent New Yorker piece written by a Jerusalemite depicted a city in which the secular middle class has departed and which is increasingly left to religious factions. Yet this book's site-specific visions could find their way into round-up reviews on the deepening conflict, and might serve as a basis for discussion and outreach among differing groups. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580931007
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2002
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York and director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York. His books include Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Local Code, Giving Ground, Michael Sorkin Studio: Wiggle, Some Assembly Required, Other Plans, and Analyzing Ambasz.

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Table of Contents

Preface 8
Introduction: Thinking about Jerusalem 12
Displaced Meanings / Monuments / People 22
Hybrid City 36
Reading Jerusalem 50
The New Canaanites 62
The Crescent Model 84
My Winter Dreams 108
The Subversion of Jerusalem's Sacred Vernaculars 120
The Palestine League 146
Jerusalem SKY 152
Parrando's Paradox: Error in Holy Lands 170
The People of Jerusalem Reordered 188
A Shared City of Peace 202
Civilization Center: Sketchbook for a Public Space 216
Spaces between the Hills 224
To Hell and Back: Jerusalem's Queer Center 238
Comments on the United Development Corporation's Proposal 260
Jerusalem: United City, Two Sovereignties 268
Jerusalem: Toward a City of Equals, Capital of Two States 292
A Plan for East Jerusalem 306
The Spectre of Jerusalem 320
Sour Justice, or: Liberalist Envy 338
Meditations on a New Jerusalem 354
Jerusalem Portfolio 368
Memories of Contention: The Sacred Stones of Jerusalem 378
Biographies 426
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