12-13 December 2005
The first conference of Merhav – the
Movement for Israeli Urbanism (MIU),
"Urban Renaissance in Israel“
was held in Beer-Sheva and included
Planning Workshops with public
The first day included 40 presentations in 14
information packed sessions that covered many
of the key issues facing urbanism in Israel.
See - http://miu.org.il/MIU_v4/docs_activities/Conference%202005/index.html#presentation
The most important event was the planning
workshop - Charrette, which took place on
the second day of the conference.
Residents, architects, planners and the
guests from overseas participated.
Guests from the CNU (Congress for New Urbanism) and CEU
(Council for European Urbanism) provided the workshops an
important international perspective.
These planning workshops culminated an effort
that spanned the months prior to the conference.
Local residents and planners from all
over the country exercised participatory
planning and by doing so, learned about
the promise and challenges of such a
process, which is relatively new to Israel.
Three projects in the older and more neglected
neighborhoods of the city center were chosen.
During this final day of the conference, the
vision, objectives, planning options, time
table and actions needed to make progress
with these three projects were detailed.