Jerusalem: beyond the holy city
Jerusalem: beyond the holy city. Being the ultimate pilgrimage destination for more than 3.5 million pilgrim each year, Jerusalem is well known for the “holy city”. Since the British set foot in Jerusalem in 1917, they put their efforts into maintaining the “monumental” Jerusalem rather than the city. In the 1929 plan created by Patrick Geddes and CR Ashbee, many rules had been set to preserve the old city as a museum for the Western world to keep the portrayed image of Jerusalem alive, building was completely bounded in the old city and a greenbelt was created around its walls to recreate the imagined ancient biblical Jerusalem, today the old city remains bounded by rules ¬¬that had been set 103 years ago with no chance for growth or evolution. The project comes to criticize the strict rules of preservation in the old city, which big part of them serves the tourism sector leading to high unemployment (more than 50%) and lack of public spaces. By choosing two of the most historical buildings in the old city and integrating a crafts workshop into the facades/ dead spaces of the building , more job opportunities is given for locals to practice their cultural heritage, revealing the working hands behind the products that connects the tourist to the local. Using steel construction is also seen as a practice for giving the Jerusalemite stone a chance for development by connecting to new additions or pavilions.