The Urban Lung

Project: The Urban Lung
Date: Spring 2009
Credit: Jessica Wolkoff, Elizabeth Rose Jackson, Sinan Tanridag
Class: Jerusalem: Divided City/Common Ground
Professor: Ila Berman, Mona El Khafif, Stan Field

Caught in a constant state of transformation, the city of Jerusalem is sustained by its deeply embedded history and relationship to the natural environment.  Current issues of border and division however, stress these critical links.The Urban Lung filters the elements of Jerusalem through a mosaic of interventions that challenge people to care for and respect their natural resources now to ensure their existence in the future. A sustainable future for Jerusalem’s border territory must be sensitive to the nuances of natural and cultural identity, establishing distinction without separation.  Unraveling the natural processes of building the local earth reveals a strategy for building a whole city.