Shared Spaces in Contested Cities: A Model for Analysis and Development
Publication Year: 2023
Creating coexistence in Israel is a task carried out in a multifaceted space and under particularly challenging conditions. The continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, internal Jewish tensions related to the religion-and-state nexus and other internal Israeli rifts, structural inequalities, the polarized political climate, and above all, the narrow physical space wherein we all live – all turn the task into an exceptional challenge.
This document presents a model for analysis and spatial characterization of spaces of encounter in heterogeneous cities. The model enables to identify the advantages and disadvantages of a given space of encounter, accordingly informing physical, communal and managerial interventions to improve its performance and turn it into a safe and inclusive space – a shared space.
This document comprises three parts. The first presents the theoretical background for researching the spaces of encounters in heterogeneous cities. The second offers a model of analysis and action for developing shared spaces. The third part illustrates the model’s application in two test cases in Jerusalem: Alrov Mamilla Mall and Liberty Bell Park.
The document was written in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. It is designated for local decision makers, leaders of organizations active in heterogeneous spaces, architects and city planners, as well as community and civil society activists.