Bohu Park, Netivot
Honorable Mention, The 2012 Design Award for Urban Intervention.
The city of Netivot is expanding across the Bohu river basin, wild badlands of loess deposits with natural and planted vegetation. How is it possible to plan more than 200 consecutive acres of open space at the heart of the city to function as its “green lung”? How can we cope with the rapid and destructive variability in the structure of the riverbank, stemming from its loss of soil?
The master plan for Nahal Bohu Park was created from the “point of view” of the stream itself. A vision for the park was formulated through a consideration of the qualities of the area and the natural dynamics of the river system. The encounter between urban development and the riverbank are mediated by guidelines that have been written into Netivot’s regional plan. The park will be largely based on the existing landscape of the river basin. Intensive development and activity will be directed toward the seam line between city and stream, in order to strengthen the links between them.
Chief architect: Tamar Arieli, Ayelet Bar Ilan
Client: Jewish National Fund, Netivot Municipality
Architecture, Master Plan (for Israel Lands Authority): Guggenheim Turel
Tsurnamal Bar-Lev Landscape Architecture, Master Plan 2002-2003; Tsurnamal Turner Landscape Architecture, Implementation, 2013-today
Phase A, Tel Bohu Promenade, completed 2017