Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Urban Planning in the Holy City

Jerusalem is experiencing a building boom of its own these days. Luxury apartment buildings with names like "King David's Crown" are slowly crowding the skyline of British mandate-era limestone facades. At the Jerusalem Municipality offices is an impressive model of the city (above) with every building in Jerusalem accounted for. The clear plexiglass structures are projects that have to be built. Notice the Santiago Calatrava-designed suspension bridge planned for the entrance to the city. Once it is complete, Jerusalem will have its own "starchitect" project to compete with other cities.

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