Design: Blending Past and Present

Jerusalem is becoming a showcase of enlightened planning

Not all news from the Middle East is atrocious. Amid turmoil, inflation and internal dissension, unperturbed by recent terrorist bombings in West Jerusalem, some Israelis are persistent in building a truly modern city whose past is a living part of the present.

Officially divided in 1949 as a result of the Israeli-Jordanian armistice agreement, Jerusalem was reunited by the Israelis in the Six-Day War of 1967. The city's urban designers now see their task as the creation of a city so livable and so interwoven that no...

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