Events and Visiting Experts

In October of 2016, an Israeli delegation of forty five representatives headed by the Minister and Director General of the Housing Ministry of Housing UN-Habitat, attended Habitat III, the United Nations international four-day conference in Quito, Ecuador, and ratified the New Urban Agenda. a new approach to how cities an promote equity, sustainability, and economic growth. The  Urban Clinic served as academic advisor to the delegation, and...
The Urban Clinic at Hebrew University and Eden-the Jerusalem Center Development Company invite you: academics, professionals and fieldworkers, to join us for two days of field trips, lectures, workshops and collaborative learning on placemaking in one of the world’s most complex cities – Jerusalem. We aim to think together how learning from theory can inform practice – and how learning from practice can contribute to theoretical framing. >...
How do we plan successful cities for the diverse populations that live there? This was a central question explored at a two-day seminar looking at Place Making through the lens of cities as complex systems. The seminar included tours of the three city centers of Jerusalem, affiliated with Ultra-Orthodox Jews, non-Ultra Orthodox Jews and Palestinians as well as guest lectures and group work together with practitioners and local and international...
  The urban clinic is proud to host a special delegation of students and professors of urban studies from the University of Toronto, aimed at facilitating and advancing co-learning and research. The agenda for this week-long visit will focused on urban regeneration, inclusive public spaces and Placemaking. The schedule includes exclusive study tours and meetings, as well as public events. >> "Parks, planning and public spaces: Toronto can...
This year, the Planners association held its yearly conference under the title "rough urbanism", using Tal Aviv central bus station as the main venue to host some 140 lectures on various aspects of urbanism and planning. The clinic initiated two panels together with "Hagar" research and development center for social housing policy, Jerusalem municipality, and "Eden" municipal company for the development of Jerusalem's city center. A poster...
The first-ever Israel Urban Convention brought together over 1000 government, municipal and community leaders, urban thinkers and practitioners, for an extraordinarily vibrant and thought provoking 35 panels over two days in Acco, in November of 2015. At the conference, the Ministry of Housing launched the National Commission for Urbanism, charged with developing a long term urban agenda for Israel. The Urban Clinic serves as academic advisor to...
  The Israel Placemaking Week (May 2015) was organized by the Urban Clinic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Lab for Urban Innovation and Sustainability at the Tel Aviv University.  Ethan Kent and Philip Winn, two senior staff members from Project for Public Spaces, led a series of workshops in Tel Aviv, Lod, Arabeh, and Jerusalem. They shared their work experiences and best practices with decision makers, professionals, artists, and...
A new Knesset lobby on Urbanism was launched in July 2014. Below, reporting from Hebrew University urban  planning student Shira Lichtenbaum. When I talk about urbanism, when I say I wished I lived on a busier street, that I love hearing the busses pass by, I usually get uncomprehending stares. Over 90% of the population in Israel lives in cities today, and this trend is only growing. Despite this, Israel does not have a culture of urbanism. The...
Amigour, a public housing company under the auspices of the Jewish Agency, is a rare creature in these parts: a social developer. The Urban Clinic staff were invited to a private tour to see up close what that means. We were joined by a few guests, including MK Stav Shafir and the Jerusalem municipality's public housing coordinator.Tour Summary >>   
פרופ' רון שיפמן צילום: פיטר טננבאום
After giving the keynote lecture for the Israeli Association of Planners' 2014 conference, Prof. Shiffman of the Pratt Institute visited The Hebrew Universities' clinics. In his talk with clinic staff members and students, Prof. Shiffman offered insights from his rich experience in working with communities in NYC and elsewhere. 

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