UNESCO Circle for Tolerance and Peace
As a way of commemorating the UNESCO director general's visit to Haifa, Israel, the Haifa Municipality proposed the renaming and renovation of the traffic circle located at the intersection of Hagefen Street and Ben Gurion Avenueto match the adjacent Bahá’í terraced gardens. It was executed as a joint project; the Bahá’í World Centre was tasked with design and maintenance, while the Haifa Municipality would be responsible for construction.
The design of the circle is expected to address a number of considerations. The choice of stone helps create the perception that the traffic circle is an extension of the existing gardens. The sloped sides of the circle act as a visual indicator that it is not intended for pedestrian access. In a country facing water shortages, the choice of plant life will assist in the preservation of water resources by primarily consisting of drought-resistant species such as succulents and cacti.