In January, CRCL traveled to Tel Aviv-Yafo with the GSAPP Urban Design Studio students and faculty to support research and continuity between the Tel Aviv Resilience Accelerator and the Spring 2020 Urban Design Studio: Great Rift Valley. While in Tel Aviv, historic flooding elevated the inequities and legacies of 21st Century planning and design. Together, we investigated development trends and history, social stress, climate threats from heat and flooding, and nature-based infrastructure in four areas: Neve Sha’anan, Shapira, Hatikva, and Bat Yam Municipality. Students connected directly with City leaders and planners, local designers, activists, community members, and academic experts and peers from Tel Aviv University’s David Azrieli School of Architecture.
Student research and design work will be completed in May, 2020 and will include design concepts that respond to systemic challenges in a publicly available e-book.