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Architects Protest Against Plans They Are Being Asked to Submit for New Suburb

A team of architects has complained to Housing Minister Zeev Sharef that his Ministry was forcing them to draft plans for a new Jerusalem suburb against their professional judgement. They also complained to Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem. Sharef is reportedly studying the protest but has made no comment so far. The architects said they were compelled to draw up plans for a complex of four-story buildings to house 50,000 persons while the original plans for Nebi Samwil in northwest Jerusalem called for small buildings to house no more than 2,000. The Housing Ministry is not subject to Jerusalem’s municipal zoning laws. The architects’ revolt coincided with recent sharp criticism of a master plan for rebuilding East Jerusalem. The plan has been shelved pending review by a committee of experts.

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