Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production, Ashdod, Israel

The Practice-based Research Workshop is an international collaboration with Tel-Aviv University Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design and MISTI MIT-Israel. The workshop is part of a long-term research collaboration between Prof Ben-Joseph and Prof Hatuka that aims to bring new ways of thinking to the planning of industrial areas, where the city can co-exist with manufacturing through an industrial remix. We believe that this new form of industrial remix can be achieved through a tripartite strategy of industrial urbanism, refigured manufacturing, and closed loop urban metabolism. (See: http://www.industrialurbanism.com/ Students will spend 10 days in Israel during IAP and will continue work in collaboration with Tel-Aviv University students during the Spring semester (Half a semester module – with meeting once a week).

The class project and client is the city of Ashdod (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashdod) General project goals include:

• To conduct an interdisciplinary study and strategic plan for sustainable design of manufacturing and industrial areas for the city of Ashdod (especially adjacent to the new port area)

• To understand the spatial ramifications and dynamics of the new manufacturing/industrial economy, help make recommendations for policy response systems, and hence to foster responsible and resilient urban development with special emphasis on industrial area conditions.

• To bring new insights and technical expertise that can be utilized in future business in the city and worldwide.

No prerequisites required