Publication Year: 2010
The Upper Kidron Valley contains most of Jerusalem’s historic landmark sites and many of the holiest sites of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The area’s religious, historic and archaeological importance is enhanced by its prominent location, breathtaking landscape panoramas, colorful communities and rapid rate of development. However, increasing modernization and urbanization pressures present a threat to the Upper Kidron Valley’s landscape and landmark sites, and subsequently, caution and careful consideration are called for in the planning and development of the area if its unique character is to be preserved and protected. This study aims to present a balanced and sustainable policy for the future development and preservation of the area. Additionally, the study aims to create a large database that may serve Jerusalem’s municipal planning authorities in the preparation of more detailed plans for the area.
The points touched upon in the publication are the physical structure of the area, the historical development of the city and the Kidron Basin and the population of the Kidron Basin. Other points include: urban planning and its impact on the Kidron Basin, cultural landscape cells in the upper Kidron Valley basin, development of the built-up area in the Kidron Valley basin, and the rural space. The publication also talks about the Bedouin space, the urban space, and land use in the Kidron basin. The publication ends with future trends of the city and the transportation in the basin.
The following are key areas for recommendations for the urban plan of the Visual Basin in the Old City of Jerusalem: planning principles, construction, improving housing, public services, and infrastructures, encouraging the local economy and employment, and public participation and involvement.