Developing Urban Public Spaces in the City of Jerich

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Zaghab, Nasim
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ABSTRACT The urban public spaces have always been a major concern in Palestine. The public realm in the city of Jericho is also a major concern for the citizens and for the planners. Therefore, this research and thesis focuses on the public realm and its related spaces. It presents the urban spaces in the city of Jericho, diagnosis them, evaluates them, proposes new emerging spaces and finds solutions for issues this sector might have. The City of Jericho is like no other city in the West Bank. It has what makes it special. For a starter, it is a border city. It’s the only exit a Palestinian in the West Bank can go through to the outside world. It’s has two strong economic powers: agriculture and tourism. It has a relatively well-planned road-network. It’s a sufficient city since it has its own water resources and a variety of industrial consumption fields. It has no overcrowded population. Most importantly: it has the potential for a great urban development. The research will get into the study area’s characteristics, features and aspects. Urban spaces include a variety of categories. Mainly, they’re categorized as: 1- External public spaces (parks, squares, streets, etc.). 2- Interior public spaces (municipal halls, governmental facilities, post offices, etc.). 3- Semi-public interior and exterior spaces (restaurants, museums, tourism sites, etc.). The research gets into these spaces in details. Interventions in the sector of public spaces is a must in the City of Jericho, as what the analysis will show. The city’s residents require for and need spaces that do not exist. The concept to generate public spaces for the public real is not there yet in policies that decision makers adopt. The research will get into two types of interventions: 1- City scale: projects that interfere with the city as a whole. 2- Detailed planning scale: projects that are mainly related to the city CBD. Despite the scale, interventions were categorized in 5: 1- Transportation-related. 2- Tourism-related. 3- Beautification-related. 4- Greenery-related. 5- Economic-related. The main outcome of these interventions is a set of several projects that would benefit the public realm in the city. The final outcome is a masterplan with policies attached.