Beat the Heat: Designing a framework for climate-resilient Beersheba

Graduation Project 2022

Adaptation to excessive urban heat is especially relevant for arid cities, where local

climate further aggravates heatwave intensity and increases their length in comparison to more temperate

environments. Beersheba, Israel’s largest arid metropolitan area, exhibits a 1950s globally dominant design paradigm that lacks any consideration of local climate characteristics.

Focusing on the case study in the Dalet neighborhood, a low-income area that serves as

the main city entrance and is home to several distinct demographics, this project offers a

new urban system that is based upon existing underutilized open space and architecture,

simultaneously considering future densification efforts. By making use of shading

patterns within the urban fabric and enhancing them, this system suggests a different

set of connections between major neighborhood locales, aiming to better everyday life

for the area’s inhabitants while securing the continuous functionality of community and

personal affairs during consecutive days of unbearable heat conditions.

Work facilitation
L.A. Matanya Sack
L.A. Alisa Braudo
L.A. Izabela Levy
Research Tutors
Dr. Shira Wilkof
Amit Seren
Landscape Architecture Track

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