MIU Projects for Sustainable Urban Planning

in the North "The Day After"

 

In preparation for "the day after" the war in the north, we at MIU Movement for Israeli Urbanism recruited our members to volunteer their time and expertise for the process of planning and rebuilding the cities that were damaged.

We ask you to support Israel and the MIU in any way possible. If you are aware of any potential donors that would be interested in supporting our "day after"

rehabilitation projects, our Haifa conference or any of our other activities, please let me know - irit@miu.org.il .

Please be aware that first-time donors are eligible for matching "Sacta Rashi" Grants dollar for dollar matching capital for donations that directly fund projects in Israel. For more information on our projects please visit our website www.miu.org.il or contact me at irit@miu.org.il

MIU deals with the modern urban environment in which most of the world's population lives. This is also true for Israel where about 90% of the people live in cities. MIU works to advance the design of a humane and sustainable urban environment based on the belief that the individual and the community have to be central to urban design.

We believe we can integrate the knowledge and rationale of new urbanism in fulfilling the immediate need to rebuild the cities. The approach of new urbanism is to take into account the residents' feelings, needs and wishes by having them participate in the planning process together with the professional design team, the authorities and other stakeholders. This process recognized as the "Charrette", will contribute to improving the city and its public spaces as well as rehabilitate the emotional ties of the residents to their city and their sense of security.

We believe that the trying times that have been thrust upon us, can be an excellent opportunity to upgrade the cities and towns in the north and help them to be more humane, sustainable and successful. This approach can leverage the generosity of donors and other support being provided to the people of the north of Israel, to not only return the situation to "normal" but rather return to better designed public spaces that will provide a lasting improvement to the lives of the residents of the north.

Since the cessation of hostilities, MIU's board of directors have been meeting with the mayors, city engineers and planners of cities and towns in northern Israel (Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona, Haifa and Pkiin ), examining the possibilities of working together on projects in their towns. These projects will rehabilitate and improve the cities by planning around the people and their needs, so that they will be a desirable place to live in and therefore more successful.

Projects that were selected by the municipalities and MIU as highest priority are:

KIRYAT SHMONA

1.       Assemble a multidisciplinary planning team of MIU volunteers to propose sustainable urban plans for the city, working together with the city planning office and local planners.

2.       A plan to rehabilitate the town-center by implementing a "charrette" process (planning process with resident and stakeholder participation).

HAIFA

  • Annual MIU conference in the city of Haifa "City Action" to be held on 29 November 1 December 2006.
  1. A plan to rehabilitate the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas by implementing a "charrette" process (planning process with resident and stakeholder participation) and using bridging techniques to overcome long standing conflicts between the municipality and the residents.
  2. A plan to rehabilitate the mixed (Jewish and Arab) neighborhood of Ein Hayam by implementing a "charrette" process (planning process with resident and stakeholder participation).

 

Partnership with Government

In addition to the Municipalities involved, MIU is working with the relevant government offices; the Ministry for Construction and Housing, the Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee, the Israel Land Administration and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

KIRYAT SHMONA

  1. Assemble a multidisciplinary planning team of MIU volunteers to propose sustainable urban plans for the city, working together with the city planning office and local planners.

Existing Condition: In Kiryat Shmona, the professional team in the city

engineering and planning office is small (3 people). At this time they are

extremely busy returning the city to a state of normalcy and repairing damaged houses and infrastructure.

The Proposal: MIU will assemble an experienced team of 10-12 professionals, members of MIU, from all disciplines of urban design, who will volunteer their time and experience to the redevelopment of the city of Kiryat Shmona.

The Objective: To develop a comprehensive plan to transform Kiryat Shmona into a sustainable and humane city that is designed to cater to the genuine needs and desires of its residents.

The team will work in cooperation with local planners and the municipality (city engineer, mayor and his deputies). The team will meet twice a month in Kiryat Shmona over a period of six months.

The mayor and professional team of Kiryat Shmona have recognized the opportunity to leverage this strong team of professionals that agreed to volunteer their time and have therefore made this project a priority.

Expected Outcomes:

         A strategic urban redevelopment framework.

         A set (10-30) of conceptual plans for specific projects throughout the city that are compatible with the strategic framework.

         Determining priorities for developing and advancing the specific projects.

         Implementation funding plans for the prioritized projects including potential sources of funding both in government and NGOs that are suitable for each specific project.

         Assistance dealing with government offices and regional and national planning authorities in order to expedite the approval process for the priority plans.

         The detailed design of the plans will be executed by local planning offices for approval by the authorities. The implementation level plans are not included in this project.

Suggested Timetable:

         Assembling the team of professional volunteers, members of MIU by the end of September 2006.

         Bi-monthly meetings in Kiryat Shmona October 2006 April 2007

Resources Needed:

A detailed budget is available upon request.

 


  1. A plan for Urban Renewal of the town-center by implementing a "Charrette" process (planning process with resident and stakeholder participation).

 

Existing Condition: The city center is run down, and has been unable to attract investment towards its redevelopment. In addition, the city center was damaged by a few direct hits of missiles and was further impacted by the shutdown of businesses during the war. The city center, which has the

potential to serve as the commercial hub for the entire Galilee-Panhandle

and the many tourists who visit the upper Galilee, has not lived up to its potential.

 

The Proposal: A "Charrette" planning process for the Urban Renewal of the commercial city center of Kiryat Shmona which was damaged. The planning process is led by a team of urban planning professionals with participation of local planners, the residents (users), store and office owners, NGOs and municipal representatives.

The "Charrette" is a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan that represents transformative community change. It is a well structured, predefined process (see - http://www.charretteinstitute.org/charrette.html). It is used regularly in the US and was used in the Mississippi renewal process (see - http://www.mississippirenewal.com) after hurricane Katrina. The MIU has invested heavily in learning the Charrette process in order to make it available for use in Israel.

 

The Objective: To develop the plan to make the commercial city center of Kiryat Shmona the dynamic hub that can be. This objective will be accomplished by giving the residents and stakeholders the opportunity to be involved and influence the design of their city center in a planning process called a "Charrette". This

process builds trust between the authorities and the residents and makes the

commercial center of the city reflect everyone's needs and by doing so creates

the possibility for long-term success.

Expected Outcomes:

             A feasable plan for the renewal of the city center which takes into account the needs of all stakeholders.

             An Implementation funding plan including potential sources of funding both in government and NGOs that are suitable for such a project.

             Building trust between the residents and the municipality.

             Empowerment of all residents through learning and participating in the design process.

             Develop a feeling of ownership and responsibility for the public space of the city by the residents.

Timetable:

             Assembling a team of urban planning professionals one month

             Charrette preparation phase three months.

             The Charrette five consecutive days

             Charrette Implementation phase including approval of plans by the authorities one month

Resources Needed:

A detailed budget is available upon request.

HAIFA

 

The decision to hold the Annual MIU Conference "City Action" - in the city of Haifa (29 November 1 December 2006), has become even more important in the wake of the war. The MIU Movement for Israeli Urbanism sees this as an opportunity to show solidarity and identify with the city and its residents. Within the framework of the conference and as part of our members' volunteer

activities, we will hold planning workshops with resident participation in several

sites of the city including neighborhoods that were damaged in the war.

These workshops have been planned together with the Mayor of Haifa and his Professional team.

The purpose of the workshops is to plan the Urban Renewal of neighborhoods damaged in the war, after being neglected over the years, through a dialogue with the residents. This process will increase public awareness and put on the public agenda the issues that the workshops are focused on. Based on these workshops, we plan to initiate future projects to continue on to detailed plans for one or two of the sites and on to plans for implementation as well.

The projects that were chosen as a priority by the MIU and Mayor of Haifa are:

1.   A plan to rehabilitate the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas by implementing a "charrette" process (planning process with resident and stakeholder participation) and using mediation techniques to overcome long standing conflicts between the municipality and the residents.

Exciting conditions A neighborhood in the center of historical Haifa. Most of the residents in the neighborhood are Arab and the minority is Jewish. The neighborhood was damaged by missiles during the war. The residents of this neighborhood have been asking for years to have a joint planning forum with the municipality.

The Proposal: A "Charrette" planning process to design the neighborhood and its connection to the city center to better serve the needs of its residents. The planning process is led by a team of urban planning professionals with participation of local planners, the residents (users), store and office owners, NGOs and municipal representatives

The "Charrette" is a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan that represents transformative community change. It is a well structured, predefined process (see - http://www.charretteinstitute.org/charrette.html). It is used regularly in the US and was used in the Mississippi renewal process (see - http://www.mississippirenewal.com) after hurricane Katrina. The MIU has invested heavily in learning the Charrette process in order to make it available for use in Israel.

The Objective: To develop the plan to rehabilitate the neighborhood while using mediation techniques to overcome long standing conflicts between the municipality and the residents. This objective will be accomplished by giving the residents and stakeholders the opportunity to be involved and influence the design of their neighborhood in a planning process called a "Charrette". This process builds trust between the authorities and the residents and makes the neighborhood reflect everyone's needs and by doing so creates the possibility for long-term success.

Expected Outcomes:

   A feasible plan for the neighborhood which takes into account the needs of all stakeholders.

   An Implementation funding plan including potential sources of funding both in government and NGOs that are suitable for such a project.

   Building trust between the residents and the municipality.

   Empowerment of all residents through learning and participating in the design process.

   Develop a feeling of ownership and responsibility for the public space of the neighborhood by the residents.

Timetable:

   Assembling a team of urban planning professionals one month

   Charrette preparation phase two months.

   The Charrette three consecutive days

   Charrette Implementation phase one month

Resources Needed:

A detailed budget is available upon request.

 


2.       A plan to rehabilitate the mixed (Jewish and Arab) neighborhood of Ein-Hayam by implementing a "charrette" process (planning process with resident and stakeholder participation).

 

Exciting conditions: A mixed Arab Jewish neighborhood, partly having low socio-economic status. The neighborhood is located in the western side of the city by the sea shore. This neighborhood was also damaged by missiles during the war. The public and open spaces in this neighborhood have been neglected for years. Representatives

of this neighborhood petitioned the MIU to have a forum to plan the public spaces and

the open spaces as part of the rehabilitation process of the neighborhood.

The Proposal: A "Charrette" planning process to design the neighborhood and its open and public spaces to better serve the needs of its residents. The planning process is led by a team of urban planning professionals with participation of local planners, the residents (users), store owners, NGOs and municipal representatives

The "Charrette" is a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan that represents transformative community change. It is a well structured, predefined process (see - http://www.charretteinstitute.org/charrette.html). It is used regularly in the US and was used in the Mississippi renewal process (see - http://www.mississippirenewal.com) after hurricane Katrina. The MIU has invested heavily in learning the Charrette process in order to make it available for use in Israel.

The Objective: To develop the plan to rehabilitate the neighborhood and its open and public spaces. This objective will be accomplished by giving the residents and stakeholders the opportunity to be involved and influence the design of their neighborhood in a planning process called a "Charrette". This process builds trust between the authorities and the residents and makes the neighborhood reflect everyone's needs and by doing so creates the possibility for long-term success.

Expected Outcomes:

         A feasible plan for the neighborhood, which takes into account the needs of all stakeholders.

         An Implementation funding plan including potential sources of funding both in government and NGOs that are suitable for such a project.

         Building trust between the residents and the municipality.

         Empowerment of all residents through learning and participating in the design process.

         Develop a feeling of ownership and responsibility for the public space of the neighborhood by the residents.

 

Timetable:

         Assembling a team of urban planning professionals one month

         Charrette preparation phase two months.

         The Charrette three consecutive days

         Charrette Implementation phase one month

 

Resources Needed:

A detailed budget is available upon request.