Projects and Partnerships

The Urban Clinic works together with public sector organizations and civil society to develop new knowledge for more equitable cities. The projects often involve building a peer network among professionals who rarely have a chance to learn from one another or from international experience.

What would you change aboutt he city, if you were only 95cm high, the average height of a three year old? so much thinking is devoted to educating and raising our children, but we tend to ignore the fact that the mcity itself has an important impact on child development. According to Professor James Heckman, “The highest rate of return in early childhood development comes from investing as early as possible, from birth through age five, in...
Too often, there is a disconnect between planners and the neighborhoods they work in. Planners may lack knowledge of what’s happening on the ground,  and residents can feel powerless to affect change. The Urban Clinic’s “Community Urban Planning” project brings together 40 architects/planners and community organizers from 10 cities to develop new tools that bridge the gap. The first three sessions have explored the Jerusalem model, with...
The Israeli government is looking to increase the numbers of homes available in existing urban areas by replacing low-rise  former public housing blocs with brand new highrise buildings for middle-income families. While most agree that the densification of urban neighborhoods is preferable to suburban sprawl, and low-income home-owners will benefit from a major increase in the value of their homes, the demolition can also bring severe social...
The Urban clinic, Jerusalem municipality and "Eden" (The Jerusalem center development company) are heading a new fellowship program, connecting top  students from planning and architecture departments in Jerusalem and community councils in four diverse urban settings in the city.The students work together with each council's community planners and community worker, residents and local organizations in order to transform neglected or anonymous...
The Urban clinic, the Ministry of Housing and the Housing Planning Authority arranged a series of six sessions for municipal planners in cities that are in high demand for projects of Raze and Rebuild. During the sessions the planners learned from local experience and international examples and developed possible solutions for shared problems. Main issues were later packaged in a report, as well as case studies and policy recommendation.  >...
The official Israeli delegation to WUF7 was organized by the Urban Clinic. The World Urban Forum brings together over 5,000 city leaders from the global south and north for five intensive days about good practices for prosperous cities. The 2014 WUF was particularly important for the Urban Clinic because the theme is ‘Urban Equity’ and was held in Medellin, Colombia, the international leader in Social Urbanism.  The Urban Clinic was invited to...
Partners: The Ministry of Interior – Planning Administration, the Ministry of Housing and Construction Coordinator: Hofit Wienreb Diamant This program brings together planners from different cities who have been increasingly dealing with 'Raze and Redevelopment' programs ('Pinui-Binui') in their jurisdiction. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the social aspects of this urban renewal program, while allowing the participating planners to...
A course for the Ministry of Social Affairs, aimed at engaging municipal community organizers in critical urban planning decisions. The course was developed by The Urban Clinic and led by planner Hagit Naaly-Joseph. 30 participants from around the country took part in 14 day-long sessions, which concluded in individual final projects. A strong emphasis was put on empowerment of the community workers in the municipal planning scene.  
A study group assembled by the Israeli Coalition for Affordable Housing. The group visited six Arab and mixed towns, studying the implications of Institutionalized discrimination and the unique challenges of planning in Arab society. As an outcome, the group has formulated an action plan focused on pressing issues such as mortgage financing, local planning and public housing in Arab neighborhoods and towns.    
The Affordable Housing Leadership Program is a program in which over thirty senior professionals from national and local government, civil society and the private sector came together to learn about affordable housing policies and then to draft principles for much-needed new Israeli legislation, to be introduced in late 2013. The program was launched by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in partnership with the Ministry of Housing, who...

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