On Monday February 25, 2008 we concluded the first phase of the ‘What can we learn from China?‘-workshop. Four groups of students were each investigating and researching the mechanism behind one urban operation: Central Business District, Cultural and Creative Industries Clusters, Housing and Landscape.
The workshop is organized based on the structure of the contemporary Chinese family. Due the implementation of the one-child policy in China, the contemporary Chinese family is classified as a “4-2-1”-structure. “4” represents the parents and parents-in-law, “2” represents the husband and wife, and the “1” refers to the only child of the couple. The center of the family is on the “1”— the grandchild. In the context of the workshop “4” represents the four autonomous operations we presented to the students. Phase 1 is the conclusion of the research on this topics of the individual groups where students were asked to delve into the topics, present their findings and speculate about how to contextualize these issues within the Israeli context. Phase 2 investigates the merges between the housing and CBD groups at the one hand, and the landscape and Creative Clusters group at the other. Phase 3, the conclusion of the workshop, will bring all group together in an effort to create both a coherent overall plan as well design site specific interventions for each group separately.
In the intellectually and creatively stimulating environment of Bezalel Academy it is our impression that each groups have pushed themselves constantly forward, presenting at a dazzling speed speculations, interventions, contextual interpretations and a coherent and impressive set of graphics.
A short overview of the work each group presented as conclusion of Phase I
Central Business District
Through the site, Israel’s NOP marks a green buffer intended to pause the dense urban development that is expected to continue in the center of Israel. The site is also strategically located on one side of a triangle between the primary Tel-Aviv CBD, the Ayalon corridor, and secondary high tech industrial parks including Hertzelia, Raanana, and Airport City. This location, at once not in the city yet within the metropolitan area, along with the inclusion of a green belt, requires a unique CBD typology. More on City/State blog.
students: Yaniv Turgeman, Ariel Noyman, Noa Joelson & Netta Gaash
Cultural and Creative Industries Clusters
These sites will hold three different creative hubs. Considering their specific location and the Israeli creative potential in them these hubs are: 1. A film and media center on the Glilot Gas and Oil compound; 2. A design zone south of the Herzelia Marina; 3. Science and research park combined with the Reading power plant on the western edge of HaYarkon Park.More on City/State blog.
students: Rena Malka Wasser, Tom Sperber & Eran Abramovitz
After the study of population and the Israeli population growth rate, we reached the growth estimation of 1.5 million people in the year 2020. Trying to maintain a reasonable population spread, the exercise is examining the option of inserting the whole growth in to the central region of Israel. In order to understand the structure of the future urban housing fabric and its high densities, we examined the Chinese case. More on City/State blog.
students: Maayan Strauss & Lior Ayalon
In the first phase of the work-shop, we were trying to figure out what can be learned from China? We observed some traditionally built gardens and parks, some located inside modern cities, and tried to understand the designing principles and the type of experience they were trying to create. Later, we observed at the modern Chinese city, tried to understand the attitude of the Chinese towards the landscape development in the context of the urban growth processes. More on City/State blog [
students: Yaniv Lenman, Ofer Bilik & Roy Carpman