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Reaching New Heights: Post-Politicizing High-Rise Planning in Jerusalem

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Introduced by British planners, height restrictions were a key planning principle that shaped modern Jerusalem in the last century, making tall buildings largely uncommon and exceptional in the city. However, since the turn of the century, and similar to other European cities, a new municipal entrepreneurial agenda has fervently promoted a more permissive planning policy. Using numerous planning documents, media coverage, and interviews, we argue that the hegemony of a recent growth-dominant agenda has intentionally toned down fierce polemics and disputation that characterized previous rounds of high-rise planning in Jerusalem. As a result, the legitimacy of the public to influence decision-making and their capacity to participate meaningfully in the planning arena has been significantly curtailed. By tampering with transparency and impairing public accountability, the development of tall buildings thus epitomizes the lack of a true democratic debate.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2018

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  • Built Environment is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. With an emphasis on crossing disciplinary boundaries and providing global perspective, each issue focuses on a single subject of contemporary interest to practitioners, academics and students working in a wide range of disciplines. Issues are guest-edited by established international experts who not only commission contributions, but also oversee the peer-reviewing process in collaboration with the Editors.

    Subject areas include: architecture; conservation; economic development; environmental planning; health; housing; regeneration; social issues; spatial planning; sustainability; urban design; and transport. All issues include reviews of recent publications.

    The journal is abstracted in Geo Abstracts, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, and Journal of Planning Literature, and is indexed in the Avery Index to Architectural Publications.

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