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National Outline Plan 38 for the seismic strengthening of existing buildings: a genuine answer or a fabricated solution?

National Outline Plan 38 deals with the strenghtening of  older buildings against earthquake damage. The strengthening will be carried out by developers, who will gain the right to add apartments to the buildings to cover their costs. Bimkom’s report outlines a number of flaws in this plan, from financial, social and structural perspectives. Read the … read more

Between Fences

The Enclaves Created by the Separation Barrier: “Between Fences” monitors and assesses the spatial impact of the Barrier for Palestinian villages trapped between the Separation Barrier and the Green Line, and the implications the drastic reduction in available land and mobility will have on the quality of life of the Palestinian population in both the short and … read more

Outline Planning for Arab Localities in Israel

This report by Bimkom and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning (ACAP), Outline Planning for Arab Localities in Israel, offers an updated, systematic review of the planning situation in Arab communities in Israel for the first time. The report reviews the status of outline plans for 119 Arab communities with a total population of approximately … read more

Housing Distress in Jaffa

This position paper is the result of collaboration between Bimkom, the Technion Laboratory for Planning with the Community, and the People of Jaffa’s Committee for the Preservation of Rights to Land and Housing. The report investigates the story of a major wave of eviction and demolition orders facing nearly five hundred homes in Jaffa. Most of these … read more

Planning and Gender

A gender perspective is aware of the socio-cultural differences between women and men in terms of the functions they perform in different societies. It addresses the functions and needs of both women and men – not just those of women. This is a gender perspective, not a feminine perspective. Attention to the sociocultural differences between women and men … read more

The Kaminker Project in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya

The Kaminker Project (2006) is a three-year initiative with the community of Issawiya to develop and secure the authorities’ approval for a new master plan which reflects the residents’ long-term needs and preferences in terms of housing, basic services, economic development and infrastructure. The project was established in January 2004 to honor the memory of … read more

Unauthorized Housing in Arab Localities: Causes and Suggested Means of Regularization – English Abstract

The Arab population, which is mostly traditional in character, generally looks for housing solutions in the locality in which they were born. However, there is a general lack of diverse housing potential in these localities, as well as lack of public resources, such as land or budgets for planning and development. These lead to increased … read more

The Hidden Agenda

Ma’ale Adummim and its establishment and its effect: The present report has two principal objectives. One, to describe the spatial changes that havetaken place in the area and their effect on Palestinians’ human rights; and two, to examine these changes in light of the historyof Ma’ale Adummim and the intentions behind its establishment. Chapter 1 presents … read more

Jabel Mukaber

For full publication click here: Planning Principles in Jabel Mukaber The Jabel Mukaber ’Arab as-Sawahra neighborhood (hereafter, Jabel Mukaber) is situated in the southern part of Eastern Jerusalem, at the dwelling place of the as-Sawahra Bedouin tribe. The neighborhood is home to more than 20,000 residents, and covers an area of some 460 hectares (see: Illustration 1: Neighborhood location). Given the present … read more