Authors: Najjar, Raed F.
Title: Spatial planning, urban land management, and political architecture In the conflict areas
Other Titles: Jerusalem case study
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: Theories pertaining to spatial planning and sustainable development have magnificently grown during the second half of the past century and still witness increased rate of attention concerning the manifold aspects encapsulated by their subjects. However, both of these themes still remain underestimated and require further investigation and even augmentation when exploring areas of ‘political turbulences’ or ‘unbalanced powers’; in other words, regions of ‘conflict areas’. The development process in the conflict areas seems to depend ultimately on the scale and magnitude of power between the different contested groups, i.e. the ‘dominant group’ and the ‘weaker group’; where sustainability becomes very vulnerable, and if exists, belongs to the dominant group neglecting the weaker one, and even in many cases, exploiting the resources and opportunities of the weaker for the advantage of the dominant, resulting therefore, more marginalizing and social degradation. Hence, new arguments pertaining to sustainability in the conflict areas conclude that sustainable development in these areas can be considered as a ‘terminology game’ which does not resolve the older growth debate, but disguises it. Spatial planning in the conflict areas may shape fast-changing or dynamic spatial policies accompanied with irreversible physical layouts that create in many cases multi-dimensional challenges for inhabitants. Especially, for the indigenous residents when considered for one reason or another ‘a group of minority’. Therefore, clarifying the relationship between spatial planning, power and politics is a prominent issue in this doctoral research. Understanding this relation reveals the range of influence of politics upon planning objectives and role. Accordingly, it is a marvelous question to know if planning is an organic reflection of politics or not; as well as, to explore whether spatial planning, in the conflict areas, is used to mitigate or intensify conflict. Based upon theoretical framework, this doctoral research presents comprehensive set of interrelationships between the main parameters affecting the development process in the conflict areas, namely (space, politics, power and planning); these are interestingly elaborated and conceptualized by the researcher within referenced spatial context; i.e. Jerusalem (the case study). Moreover, the direct and implicit role and impacts of these relations were examined. The examination through logical framework (theory – analysis – conception) of the aforementioned parameters (in conflict areas) reveals a maze of dynamic interrelationships which outstandingly guide the development for the benefit of the dominant group. This doctorate research provides critical review for the role of planning whether it acts as ‘progressive’ or ‘regressive’ agent of change, especially in the conflict areas with unbalanced powers. In Jerusalem, it has been shown that power and politics are the major planning drivers which set out the development pattern and objectives. Consequently, the spatial and social profiles of Jerusalem have been changing very fast producing new norms of urban fabrics and geographical extents, which all together, constitute manifold challenges to the ‘indigenous’ Palestinian residents.
Subject Headings: East Jerusalem
Land use
Master plan
Secured spaces
Spaces of risk
Spatial planning
Spatial scenario
West Jerusalem
Subject Headings (RSWK): Bebauungsplan
Politischer Konflikt
Issue Date: 2013-05-03
Appears in Collections:Städtebau, Stadtgestaltung und Bauleitplanung

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