JERUSALEM, DECEMBER 21 – A proposal for the urban make-over of East Jerusalem came from Pavia. The Joint Laboratory LS3D at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Pavia (DICAr) presented a three-dimensional storage bank to safeguard East Jerusalem’s historical heritage and an architectural project to salvage the complex agglomeration of buildings on the streets of Salah Eddin and Sultan Suleiman, adjacent to the walls of the Old City.
Promoted by the United Nations, the Productivity and Urban Renewal Programme in East Jerusalem (PURE), was the outcome of onsite research and operations carried out over a one-year period by the laboratory from Pavia, in collaboration with the University of Florence
The study, headed by Professor Sandro Parinello and financed by the European Community, completed a measurement survey of a portion of the city and of the historical Bab Al Sahera cemetery, mapped-out all existing infrastructure and businesses, and assessed the structural soundness of surrounding buildings. These operations resulted in an architectural plan that includes the construction of a new pedestrian public square, a town market and a scenic pathway overlooking the buildings of Salah Eddin Street.
Officiating the presentation, which was held at the St. George Auditorium in Jerusalem, were Director General of the Islamic Waqf, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khateeb, European Union Representative Ralph Tarraf, the Director of East Jerusalem’s Chamber of Commerce, UNDP official Roberto Valent, as well as a number of local representatives in the sectors of commerce and tourism, and members of institutional and private cultural associations.
Following the project’s presentation to the public, a technical meeting was held by the team of United Nations and European Community experts that are in charge of the project’s executive phase. (@OnuItalia)