The municipal planning and building committee approved on Wednesday the granting of a permit to build the Academy of Art and Design at the Russian Compound in the center of the city. The transfer of the academy to the city center will provide the students with an urban, community and diverse learning environment. This is part of the plan to renew the city center, which sees the return of thousands of students from the Bezalel Academy to the center of Jerusalem as an important part of the program. The students will enjoy the advantages of living in the city center and will contribute to its development. In addition, many visitors from the center of Israel will enjoy a vibrant and vibrant cultural center.
Mayor Nir Barkat said, "The return of an important institution like Bezalel with thousands of students to the city center will continue to revitalize and leverage the city center, which in recent years has become a bustling, vibrant and advanced center - more attractive to young people, students and artists. The Bezalel Academy joins other projects such as the Jerusalem Art Campus, the student dormitories and more, as part of the Jerusalem Municipality's goal of attracting young people to the center of the city, in order to strengthen their businesses and entertainment centers in Jerusalem.
A little history:
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design was established in Jerusalem in 1906 on Shmuel Hanagid Street of today. Over time, the place was too short to accommodate the many students and visitors, and in the early 1990s it was decided to transfer it to Mount Scopus. About 10 years ago, it was decided to have Bezalel School of Design return to the city center, in order to make the old and important institution an integral part of the developing city center.
Over the past few years, the Mount Scopus compound hasn't been able to accommodate the large number of students. This need, together with the desire to operate in an urban work environment that will allow creativity connected to the community and society (parallel to the development of the city center), has prepared the ground for the institution's return to the city center. The restoration of the Bezalel complex to the city center will contribute greatly to the development of the city's cultural and artistic branches. The institution is a source of pride for the city and the municipality, and the municipal interest is to maintain the institution as a leader in its field.
About the plan:
The school will be located in the Russian Compound on an area of 10,394 square meters, which is owned by the Israel Lands Administration and allocated to the Bezalel Academy by the State. As part of the plan, the various plots in the area will be consolidated into one lot of 9,177 square meters, which will be used by the academic institution.