AMOS BRANDEIS - ARCHITECTURE, URBAN & REGIONAL PLANNING LTD.
SOCIAL & INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES
Planners work for the local people and/or the existing and/or future inhabitants.
Typically, upon completion of one project, the clients and the planner move on to the next, therefore the planner has an enormous responsibility to ensure that the plan is compatible with the local or indigenous people and with their social characteristics.
We have to understand the local people and work with them closely, in order to be able to prepare the best plan for them. This is a major challenge which many clients and planners deny.
We have prepared plans for and with a large variety of indigenous people in different societies. We are planning the restoration of Lake Ban in Burkina Faso, (Western Africa), where the poorest (but loveliest) people on earth live. The real challenge of this project, financed by the International River Foundation, Australia, is to secure the water supply for a large population around a dying lake. A difference has to be made there to guarantee the people's lives and help them improve the quality of their lives. The people are very friendly and the communication with them leads to ideas and solutions.
The company is the planners of the largest Bedouin city in the Negev desert (we have planned 12,000 housing units). Since we began working with them six years ago, we have succeeded in developing methods of public participation and capacity building for these people, who used to be nomads. We have succeeded in preparing an urban structure, plans for neighborhood zones and a large variety of plots which suit the unique needs and interests of this specific community.