KG 2025: Refigured Urbanism Plan

KG 2025: Refigured Urbanism Plan

Several overlaid systems work together to create a unifying order for the overall strategy of the city. A series of fingers extend over networks of circulation and activity throughout the city. Following these paths are wave patterns denoted as frequencies which are defined as four different operational functions: Natural, Mediated,...
Preliminary Strategic Plan

Preliminary Strategic Plan

Methodologically, envisioning a strategy for Kiryat Gat is based on three parallel processes: (a) mapping changes and trends that occurred in Israel in last five decades; (b) visioning lifestyles and daily patterns in 2025 by addressing different age groups and their projected needs; and (c) addressing the four themes –...
New Town Research

New Town Research

Comparing a variety of New Towns around the globe in order to identify commonalities between New Towns, and elements that are particular to Kiryat Gat.      
Mapping Kiryat Gat

Mapping Kiryat Gat

The following mappings were exercises to gain knowledge about existing conditions, assess proposed plans, find missing linkages, and discover possible relationships between design and planning parameters. Students from TAU and MIT explored the following themes: Population & Accessibility Future Urban Development Regional Settlement Patterns & Ecological Gradients Watersheds & Stream...
Kiryat Gat, Israel

Kiryat Gat, Israel

The course is part of a long term research project between MIT and Tel-Aviv University that strives to plan, design and retrofit existing residential communities (New Towns) to become low carbon, ecologically responsive, incorporate new technologies, and in general to enhance the livability and self reliance for the local residents and potential...
Future Scenarios

Future Scenarios

Scenarios are powerful tools for addressing what is both fundamentally significant and profoundly unknowable—the future. Unlike forecasts, which impose patterns extrapolated from the past onto the future, scenarios are plausible, pertinent, alternative stories that are concerned more with strategic thinking than with strategic planning. Scenarios attempt to look beyond our...
Initial Survey & Preliminary Propositions: Kiryat Gat 2025

Initial Survey & Preliminary Propositions: Kiryat Gat 2025

The initial stage of the project is focused on social, economic, physical, and environmental analysis of Kiryat Gat. Four teams form MIT and TAU produced snapshot thematic proposals based on knowledge gained through meetings with municipal, industry, community leaders, and field observations. The overall themes were established to guide the...
Fieldwork

Fieldwork

In January 2012, the team from MIT and TAU spent a week on an initial workshop exploring Kiryat Gat and initiating proposals. The following photos highlight our observations of the city.
Research

Final Report Download

The final report of the studio is available for download. Due to its large size it is divided into three parts. Open publication Open publication Open publication
The Urban Cell

The Urban Cell

A flexible tool for analyzing, planning, and managing urban fabrics, emphasizing connectivity, diverse use of public spaces, age groups, management, and maintenance.        
Continuing North: Active & Productive Landscapes

Continuing North: Active & Productive Landscapes

The city of Kiryat Gat is planning to expand with a large development to the north of Route 35, a major east-west connector for Southern Israel. This plan will expand the city at a large scale, accommodating an increase of 25,000 residents. Our project critiques this plan, which is not without positives, but is flawed...
The Hinge: Urban Core

The Hinge: Urban Core

The Hinge plan focuses on creating a vibrant, mixed-use city center that draws from and connects the municipal core of the city and the current industrial zone. The plan is based on several implementation concepts. The first, circulation and public passage, is focused on creating public and transparent ground levels of municipal functions interconnected with...
Industrial Remix

Industrial Remix

Kiryat Gat’s industrial park is one of the city’s most distinctive assets. In addition to hosting a bevy of traditional industries, including food processing (Sugat, Sabra) and metal production (Hod Assaf), it has recently attracted cutting-edge manufactur- ing facilities with the introduction of Intel, HP, Micron, Hitachi, Zenith Solar, and other high tech companies. However,...
Industrial Clusters

Industrial Clusters

The industrial core is central to Kiryat Gat’s future growth. It presents a unique development opportunity with its diverse collection of factories, workshops, warehouses, and office buildings. Thanks to national government incentives, international firms such as Intel and HP have recently built production facilities there, forming the beginnings of a new high tech cluster. However,...
The Hinge (Urban Core)

The Hinge (Urban Core)

Kiryat Gat’s potentially vibrant urban core currently suffers from stratified land uses, limited connectivity between neighborhoods, and constrained crossing to the city’s industrial district. A railroad that separates the core from the industrial district can only be crossed via a bridge near the southern border of the city; this barrier hinders movement between these areas...
R&D Park Northern Seam

R&D Park Northern Seam

Kiryat Gat’s proposed northern development is currently defined by a completely disconnected urban fabric. The city identity is currently fragmented along socio-economic lines and the proposed plan will reinforce this disconnection. Our plan seeks to connect the existing and future neighborhoods, using the park as a connector rather than a barrier. We are looking at...
The Compact City

The Compact City

General Goals & Frameworks We aim to promote a vibrant, compact, livable city with greater socio-economic diversity. We can accomplish these goals by focusing on developable areas within the current city fabric and forging stronger connections between the industrial zone and the main part of the city.   Issues For a small city, Kiryat Gat...
The Mediated City

The Mediated City

General Goals & Framework For the Mediated City approach to regeneration in Kiryat Gat, we propose a flexible platform of Smart Tools and Pop-ups. Smart Tools are new technologies that are applied towards urban systems. Pop-ups are temporary interventions in under-utilized spaces that experiment with future urban uses and solutions for a better city. We...
The Natural City

The Natural City

General Goals and Frameworks Forming a natural network, the city would use nature as an organizing tool. Natural interventions would stitch together disparate areas of the city and bridge exterior barriers in a grid-like fashion. This network would reconnect the city with its environs, making nature work for the city to enhance the ecology and...
The Mobility City

The Mobility City

Through the lens of mobility, Kiryat Gat appears as a multifaceted city: a city of loyal and diverse residents, a focal point of the region, a growing industrial base, and city with untapped train accessibility to the country as a whole. Building on these strengths, Kiryat Gat can grow to become a dynamic residential base...