Seismic retrofitting: A shaky solution to urban renewal
In Israel, responsibility for seismic retrofitting is often left in the hands of private developers. A new exhibition at the Architect’s House in Jaffa dissects a national plan designed to boost urban renewal that may leave some citizens at risk.
When National Master Plan 38 was announced in 2005, the program was regarded as a godsend. It was seen as a sort of magical solution to the issue of seismic readiness that would strengthen buildings without financial investment by the state or tenants because contractors would cover the costs.