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The Hinge

KIRYAT GAT’S URBAN CORE Gradient THE GRADIENT OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATING PERMEABILITY AND CROSSING OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS. EXISTING BOTH ADJACENT TO AND SPANNING THE TRACKS, THIS TEMPORAL MECHANISM CAN EXPAND AND CONTRACTS ACROSS SPACE.

Layered Connectivity

Strategic Plan THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE HINGE CENTERS ON THE CONCEPT OF CROSSING GRADIENTS ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT SCALES. OUR GOAL IS TO CREATE NEW TENSIONS AND CAPITALIZE ON EXISTING ONES ALONG THE MAIN CORE CONNECTOR AND ACROSS THE RAILROAD TRACKS, PULLING RESIDENTS AND WORKERS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. THE INTENSITY OF USE WILL VARY BY GRADIENT, FURTHER RELIEVING EDGES BY ALLOWING FOR DISSOLVING AND SOFTENING OF BARRIERS. SDEROT LAKISH SERVES AS A CORE CONNECTOR INTERSECTING THE TRAIN TRACKS AND INCREASING PERMEABILITY BETWEEN THE CITY CENTER AND THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT IN AND AROUND THE HINGE THAT WILL BE AT ITS MOST INTENSE AT THE TRAIN STATION AND CONTINUING TO OTHER ANCHORS OF THE MUNICIPAL CORE. THIS WILL LEAD TO INCREASES IN ACTIVITY, USE, DEVELOPMENT, DENSITY, AND ECONOMY. IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN CONNECTION ACROSS THE TRACKS, THE STRATEGIC PLAN CAPITALIZES ON THE RELATIVE INFREQUENCY OF TRAIN PASSAGE BY ALLOWING FOR MICRO-PERMEATIONS TO FURTHER STITCH THE URBAN FABRIC ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TRACKS. 50 M FIXED ROUTE BUS PEDESTRIAN WADI NETWORK ON-DEMAND TRAIN

City-Wide Mobility

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FIXED-ROUTE MOBILITY DISTRIBUTED ON-DEMAND

Master Plan

Mobility Systems - Providing Options

THE MASTER PLAN IS A MANIFESTATION OF DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES INTO AREAS OVER VARIOUS INTENSITIES AND GRADIENTS. THE ROAD AND TRAIN SERVE AS CONNECTOR LINES THAT INTERSECT AND FEED INTO AN INTEGRATED NETWORK. PEDESTRIAN NETWORKS CONTAINED WITHIN THE GRADIENTS FURTHER FEED INTO AND OUT OF AREAS OF INTENSITY. THE CORE CONNECTOR WILL GUIDE GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, AND INFILL TO ACTIVATE THE MIXED USE PROCESSION OF RESIDENTIAL, MUNICIPAL, COMMERCIAL, AND INDUSTRIAL.

FIXED-ROUTE BUS - THE CONVERGENCE OF MULTIPLE ROUTES SUPPORTS A HIGHER INTENSITY OF ACTIVITY RAIL - A MULTIMODAL BUS/RAIL NODE ACTIVATES THE BRIDGE AND INCREASES ACCESSIBILITY PEDESTRIAN NETWORK - BOUNDARIES ARE DISSOLVED ACROSS THE CITY, FURTHERING THE EXISTING CAR-FREE MOBILITY WADI NETWORK - A SERIES OF SPACES REESTABLISHES THE WADI AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ASSET. ON-DEMAND MOBILITY - BIKE OR ELECTRIC CAR SHARING WORKS BEST IN AREAS OF MIXED USE

KIRYAT GAT 2025

NEXCITY: RECONFIGURED URBANISM FOR THE NEW CENTURY

TEAM

NOAH KORETZ MERRAN SWARTWOOD NAOMI STEIN ALEXIS WHEELER


The Hinge

KIRYAT GAT’S URBAN CORE Inventory The Hinge is the piece of land that stiches together what are presently the main section of the city and the industrial district. Currently these zones are stratified with hard edges and abrupt barriers. The Hinge is also the location of the Kiryat Gat train station. The crossing is impermeable from within the Hinge, and the train tracks serve to reinforce the lack of connectivity in this area. UNPAVED SPACE PARK/PUBLIC GARDEN

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Connection Paradigm

SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS NOTABLE

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Anchoring Paradigm

We propose anchoring new development in the Hinge by focusing on the municipal core and train station, using the tension between the strengths of the main city and the industrial zone. This connection will eventually lead to the development of secondary connections and infill.

Truncated Networks Kiryat Gat suffers from a lack of network permeability. What could be a vibrant, busy urban core suffers from stratified uses, separate zones, and a lack of connectivity, due to existing truncated networks. By focusing on important features of the urban fabric such as transit nodes, municipal buildings, natural systems, and generators of economic activity, Kiryat Gat can create better point-topoint connectivity, bridge current physical divisions, and revitalize the center of the city.

KIRYAT GAT 2025

NEXCITY: REFIGURED URBANISM FOR THE NEXT CENTURY

TEAM

NOAH KORETZ NAOMI STEIN MERRAN SWARTWOO ALEXIS WHEELER


The Hinge

KIRYAT GAT’S URBAN CORE

Shade Garden FACILITATING THE YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT OF OUTDOOR SPACE AND TIGHTENING THE PEDESTRIAN NETWORK TO THE URBAN CORE

Infill Housing UTILIZING PERVASIVE VACANT SPACE WITHIN THE CITY FABRIC TO PROVIDE NEW, DIVERSE, HIGH-QUALITY HOUSING

Adapting Public Space PROGRAMMING UNDERUTILIZED INTERIOR SPACES IN THE MUNCIPAL CORE TO ATTRACT ACTIVITY AND DIRECT PEDESTRIAN FLOW

Wadi Network REJUVENATING A VIBRANT NATURAL RESOURCE TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND CONNECT THE RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ZONES WITH A PATH THAT OFFERS LEISURELY ENJOYMENT OF UNCOMMON LANDSCAPES

Microconnectivity

Train Station/Connector

MECHANISM FOR CONNECTING AND PERMEATING EDGES AND ALLOWING FOR DISOLVING AND SOFTENING RIGID BOUNDARIES

EXTENDING THE URBAN FABRIC TO PULL BOTH RESIDENTS AND WORKERS TO AN IMPROVED TRANSIT NODE THAT INCORPORATES A HOTEL, RESTAURANT, AND WALKWAY WITH SCENIC VIEWS

Sderot Lakish CREATING A MAJOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL CORRIDOR TO REVITALIZE THE URBAN CORE, CREATE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, AND CONNECT THE MAIN CITY TO THE RAILROAD CORRIDOR AND THE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT BEYOND

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Wedge Infill HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE WEDGE WILL TAKE ON NEW FORMS TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF A YOUNGER POPULATION AND PROVIDE AMENITIES FOR THE ENTIRE CITY IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE URBAN CORE

KIRYAT GAT 2025

NEXCITY: REFIGURED URBANISM FOR THE NEXT CENTURY

TEAM

NOAH KORETZ NAOMI STEIN MERRAN SWARTWOO ALEXIS WHEELER

Midterm Proposals: The Hinge (Urban Core)  

Our strategic plan for this area, dubbed the Hinge, centers on the concept of crossing gradients on several different scales. Its goal is to...

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