On Wednesday February 27, 2008 we concluded the second phase of the “What can we learn from China?“-workshop, held at the Architecture Department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The initial four groups of students were merged in two groups: Central Business District & Housing and Cultural and Creative Industries Clusters & Landscape Operations.
The workshop is organized along the “4-2-1”-structure with the conclusion of phase 2 of the workshop we achieved a major step in projecting and proposing a plan for the territory between Tel Aviv and Herzliya through specific types of intervention borrowed from the Chinese condition. In phase 1 the students concluded their research and speculate about how to contextualize these issues within the Israeli context. For phase 2 the merger had the objective for each group to take the strongest elements and discuss them with another group. We considered two group to deal with the design, organization and lay-out of “objects” of intervention in the area, the CBD-group and Creative Clusters-group. As for the Housing and Landscape-Group they were asked to provide the generic background, a tapestry of intervention on the area. For phase 2 it was the goal to present a model that was both incorporates their Chinese findings as well as to present a plan for the area that is flexible and specific. The Groups also decided to adopt 4 of the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the FUWA’s as their logos; we are sorry for the one, as the original FUWA’s are with 5, that missed the boat. In this context we call them the Friendly Urbane & Worldwide Architects.
At this stage of the workshop it was mandatory for each new group to incorporate the existing infrastructure, adding infrastructure, like junctions, were necessary and increase the accessibility to initial proposal by the Landscape group. In terms of public transport for the area we took the existing plans for the implementation of a light rail system in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area seriously, while investigating the possibility to add an additional line to it that would bring the Central Business District into a wider mobility network.
How to integrate the Creative Clusters with the Landscape Operations? How to create a mix, how to define the borders between Housing and Central Business District? Through these cooperative efforts, reality-check and back and forward discussion and design sessions between the different groups we achieved, at Chinese speed, conclusions that surpassed and transformed the result of phase 1 critically and realistically.
A short overview of the work each group presented as conclusion of Phase II
Central Business District & Housing
students: Yaniv Turgeman, Ariel Noyman, Noa Joelson, Netta Gaash, Maayan Strauss & Lior Ayalon
Cultural and Creative Industries Clusters & Landscape Operations
students: Rena Malka Wasser, Tom Sperber, Eran Abramovitz, Yaniv Lenman, Ofer Bilik & Roy Carpman