Israeli Planners and Designers

Profiles of Community Builders

Edited by John Forester, Raphael Fischler, and Deborah Shmueli

Subjects: Oral History
Series: SUNY series in Oral and Public History, SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791450581, 382 pages, August 2001
Hardcover : 9780791450574, 382 pages, August 2001

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Table of contents




PART ONE: Urban Design, Planning, and Architecture

1. From Desert Architecture to Community Planning in Acre
A profile of Ari Rahamimoff

2. Directing Urban Design and Planning in Tel Aviv
A profile of Baruch Yoscovitz

PART TWO: Changing Land Use Plans: Controversies Big and Small

3. Planning and Building from Israel's Early Days to the Present
A profile of David Best

4. Hearing Objections under Israel's Planning and Building Law
A profile of Michael Meyer-Brodnitz

PART THREE: Community Development and Planning

5. Community Organizing and Neighborhood Planning in Jerusalem
A profile of Avner Amiel

6. Neighborhood Planning in Jerusalem
A profile of Sarah Kaminker

7. Program Building and Reconciliation in East Jerusalem
A profile of Farid AbuGhosh

PART FOUR: Making City Planning Work

8. Learning and Practicing the Politics of Planning
A profile of David Janner-Klausner

9. Urban Design in the Shadow of Politics
A profile of Doron Zafrir

10. Planning in an Arab Municipality
A profile of Rassem Khamaisi

PART FIVE: Health Planning

11. HIV/AIDS Planning and Education in the Ethiopian Immigrant Community
A profile of Ronny Shtarkshall

12. Public Health, Epidemiology, and Planning in the West Bank and Gaza
A profile of Ted Tulchinsky

PART SIX: Policy Analysis and Planning

13. The Development of Environmental Planning in Israel
A profile of Valerie Brachya

14. Planning in the Housing Ministry
A profile of Chaim Fialkoff

15. Economic Analysis in Urban Planning
A profile of Ruth Friedman

PART SEVEN: National, Regional, and Urban Planning: The Long View From the Top

16. A Visionary Planner
A profile of Raanan Weitz

17. Directing the Division of National and Regional Plans
A profile of Dina Rachewsky

18. Being Director of Planning in the Ministry of Housing and Building
A profile of Sophia El Dor




In their own words, the stories of the men and women who are the planners, architects, community organizers--the hidden builders--of the modern state of Israel.


This book documents the goals, lives, experiences, and practice of planners, architects, and community organizers who have contributed to the physical and social development of the modern state of Israel. In their own words, these "community builders" share their professional experiences of how they protect and rebuild cities and neighborhoods, how they overcome stereotypes and bureaucratic inertia, how they protect the natural environment and the public health as well. The stories illustrate the practical world of community change in which aesthetics and politics, ethnicity and tradition, commitment and inspiration, hard work and hope all play a part. Students of urban and community life in many countries will be able to draw elements and themes from these particular stories that resonate with their own concerns, experience, and future work.

John Forester is Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University and the author of The Deliberative Practitioner: Encouraging Participatory Planning Processes and Planning in the Face of Power. Raphaël Fischler is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at McGill University. Deborah Shmueli is Senior Lecturer of Planning and Environmental Policy in the Geography Department at Haifa University.


"After conducting decades of planning research using social science protocols, planning scholars have returned to other forms, including narrative. The stories told in this book offer windows of insight into the world of planning practice. I was especially impressed by the diversity of the respondents and the quality of the interview material. Rare indeed are stories about the building of settlements in Israel that describe in detail how Jews and Arabs collaborate." — Charles J. Hoch, author of What Planners Do: Power, Politics, and Persuasion

"Rich, interesting, engaging stories from people who have done exciting things—creating a nation, engaging ethnic differences, designing places or institutions, planning in crises, and the like." — Howell S. Baum, author of The Organization of Hope: Communities Planning Themselves