Location: Ramat-Amidar, Ramat-Gan
client : The Jewish agency, Neighborhood Renewal Dep.
design phase : 1982

The secret of success of any physical plan of a neighborhood lies in its perception as part of a wider system that embodies its physical, social and economic structure, a comprehensive plan that enables to realize to the maximum the potential inherent in the neighborhood.
The aim of the project was to create in the Ramat Amidar neighborhood a system that will enable its community to build and revitalize its communal life as well as the private life of its inhabitants.
The plan was based on a model that was initially developed by the “Center for Environmental Structure”, Berkeley, for North Omaha U.S.A (1981).

Unlike existing planning processes by which renewal of a neighborhood is carried out according to a static master plan that tries to foresee a future reality and thus makes decisions that will probably be irrelevant when implemented, here an attempt was made to create a dynamic planning process which the community will adopt and use in order to determine its physical future along time, in an ever-changing reality.
To this end the following method was introduced:
A set of codes was formulated in cooperation with the inhabitants of the neighborhood, specifying the principles that will govern the development of the neighborhood and ensure its quality in years to come. The planning rules as well as the structure of the neighborhood were conceived as a hierarchical system with the rules relating to each of the four structural levels of the neighborhood:

  1. The neighborhood as a whole.
  2. The sub-neighborhood (together the sub-neighborhoods create the neighborhood).
  3. A group of buildings (together the groups create the sub-neighborhood).
  4. The individual building (a number of individual buildings sharing an open space creates a group of buildings).

In any renewal process an organic order can emerge only if the process is gradual and the development and rehabilitation grows out of the daily reality in the neighborhood. For that purpose any planning decision must be accompanied by a diagnosis map drawn currently by the community and the planner in the neighborhood.
For each part of the neighborhood, representatives of its inhabitants will be responsible for determining the extent to which those established rules have been followed, and where improvement is called for always keeping in mind both that specific level of neighborhood they represent and the larger level of the neighborhood it contributes to as a whole.

The budgeting principle will also ensure a balanced distribution of resources

This organic approach, by which the organizational structure of the neighborhood, the planning rules and the budget allocation are regarded as a system in which the interrelation between the parts on every level of scale are mutually contributive, will ensure a healthy and wholesome renewal.