|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Supervisors:||Prof. Emeritus Amir Shaul|
This research deals with a process for identifying and planning scenic roads and assessing the carrying capacity of their surroundings. It discusses:
1. Developing a process to select existing scenic roads.
2. Developing a process for planning scenic roads in Israel.
3. Developing contexts and methods to evaluate alternative programs for scenic roads.
4. Assessing its implementation in a case study.
The study was two staged: the theoretical development and a case study to evaluate the implementation of the process.
The theoretical stage included the selection, evaluation and planning of scenic roads, the research method for which involved a set of criteria for assessing the roads’ qualities. The planning phase of the scenic roads exploited an existing evaluation method to consider the suitability of the land use to the surroundings (Amir et. al, 1977). It defines the road corridor, surveys its resources and estimates the carrying capacity of land units along the road for development. Similarly, a program of functions and infrastructures suitable for the scenic road was developed. The information regarding the land units and the potential program was integrated in a matrix, whose results allow evaluation of the suitability and expected impact of alternative programs on the road corridor resources.
The second stage included a case study in the Matteh Yehuda Regional Council to examine the implementation of the developed process.
The findings indicate the feasibility of the process, which can be applied under diverse situations, area conditions, development programs and policies, also shaping the process as one suitable for implementation in other areas in Israel and in different countries.