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Post-war reconstruction and conservation of the historic Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, 1967–1975

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The aim of this paper is to examine post-war planning and reconstruction of the historic Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem from 1967 to 1975. It focuses on the role of conservation of cultural heritage in determining the quarter's character, on the interaction between ‘top-down’ national and municipal planning and grassroots initiatives, on deviations from planning and declared policies, and on historical and geographical factors affecting restoration. Public opinion, individual initiatives, and response to immediate needs were more decisive in determining the character of the reconstruction than much of the planning. Intentional and unanticipated spatial changes within the Jewish Quarter and in its relationships with surrounding areas had a particularly profound effect on its character.

Keywords: Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem; conservation; grassroots; heritage; post-war rehabilitation; spatial changes; urban fabric

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02665433.2012.681138

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount ScopusJerusalem,91905, Israel

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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