Urban Design Studio III, Spring 2020
Kate Orff (Coordinator), Lee Altman, Adriana Chavez, Dilip da Cunha, Geeta Mehta, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Julia Watson, Fitsum Gelaye
The Urban Design Studio examined regional histories and explored future resilience and adaptation scenarios for the south of Tel Aviv-Yafo, an area segregated by urban heat, pollution, and insecurity. The studio sought to develop spatial design concepts that strengthen the southern neighborhoods’ social, economic, and ecological capital. Existing spatial inequities manifested in both physical urban infrastructure—in the form of congested elevated highways and failing buried stormwater pipes, and in policies and lack of services—from inadequate child care to insufficient social services. The neighborhoods’ historic urban fabric nonetheless offers unique opportunities not found in the northern and more affluent areas of the city, and the vibrant and diverse communities have an iconic and lively character.
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