El Centro

Within the framework of the Urban Innovations Group, UCLA’s School of Architecture design office in Westwood, the City of El Centro commissioned from Professor Helmut C. Schulitz an urban design study of the downtown area. Prof. Schulitz invited Rick Meghiddo to be in charge of urban design.

Ramot-E

Ramot is a new neighborhood in the northern part of Beer Sheba. It was master planned by Israel’s Ministry of housing to contain 18,000 dwelling units. Its urban design was assigned to six teams of architects, each to be in charge of approximately 3,000 dwelling units. This subdivision included schools, parks, sports, commerce, synagogues, kindergartens and senior housing. We were commissioned one ot these sections, “Ramot-E.”

Following the conceptual development stage, which conceived a continuous central park as the spine of this hilly section, we were  joined by Yuval Cadmon Architects. Together we completed a design process that lasted a decade. The design is now statutory and the neighborhood will be built within the next years.

The planning has been conceived to mitigate traffic and speed. This is achieved by curving its streets and designing T-intersections. All schools are accessible through bike routes.