Six meetings | First meeting: September 19, 2017 | Tuesdays from 18:00-21:00 | Haifa

Zochrot is proud to announce a unique course for planning professionals on the relation between the Nakba and fair planning. The course will look into the presence and absence of the Nakba in the planning world and introduce participants to critical planning tools and projects that rely on principles of justice and reconciliation. This course will focus on planning the return to Haifa.

The Nakba is increasingly present in Israeli discourse. In the planning area in particular, there is growing recognition of the Palestinian built legacy, but recognition of the Nakba and the Palestinian refugees as part of the past, present and future of our space is still taboo in the various planning areas in Israel. Planning is one of the most influential disciplines in terms of designing our diverse living environments. And Israeli planning systems have acted and still act to erase evidence to the pre-1948 Palestinian life in this country, operating as one of the mechanisms which reproduce the oppression and discrimination of the Palestinian population using planning tools and practices, both within Israel’s sovereign territories and in the OPT.

Planners have a key role to play in leading change processes in Israeli society, in recognizing the Nakba and in promoting a solution based on the values of justice and reconciliation by suggesting planning solutions that will promote and be informed by these principles.

This course is a continuation of the workshop in Haifa, and will be based on the first materials already collected by the participants.

Course plan: A tour of the Abbas and Wadi Nisnas neighborhood in Haifa, presenting the historical research, mapping and planning. 
The planning work will be carried out with the public sharing and contact with the refugees and residents of the neighborhood.
The course is designed for planners (architects, engineers, planners,designers).
There will be joint work talks in Skype between the dates of the meetings. The course will be conducted in Hebrew.
Course facilitator: Fida Shehadeh
Opening date: 19.9.17. The cost of the course: 250 NIS per participant or according to ability.
For more information and registration: Michal Tal: 03-6953155