MIU's Third Annual International Conference on Israeli Urbanism
was held in Bat-Yam’s Auditorium on May 28-29, 2008
The conference dealt with the importance of high density in urban environments as an instigator of urban prosperity and quality of life
The conference aim: By 2030
The conference was held with the participation
of the City of
The conference was attended by about 250 participants – architects, city engineers, urban planners, public administrators, local authority employees and students of architecture and urban planning.
At the core of the conference were five roundtable workshops that were held throughout the two days of the conference. These workshops dealt with the following issues: how to create an urban quality of life, transportation infrastructure, allowing for mixed uses, building for diverse populations, the creation of open spaces and public buildings in dense cities.
Roughly 150 participants of various positions and professions took an active part in these workshops.
§ The workshops received very positive reviews from the participants in a written feedback, filled by them at the end of the conference.
§ The products of these workshops, showed in the closing session of the conference, will be used in writing a position paper and guidelines for "Making Israeli Cities Denser and Better".
During the conference there were lectures and master classes by three guests from abroad:
Mr. James Hulme, Director of Public Relations,
Princes Foundation for the Built Environment,
Mr. Deependra Prashad, School of Planning and
Mr. Stephan Kuhn,
Director, Urban Governance, ICLEI,
During the conference an exhibition was held,
showing 31 projects by about 90 students of architecture who participated in an
urban design competition for areas within the city of
The conference received wide coverage in the media: twelve articles in printed national media, five items and interviews on the radio, articles and items in four leading web sites, dozens of mentions in leading blogs and two television appearances prior to the conference.
Two weeks after the conference MIU's chairman, Irit Solzi, appeared in the television show "politics" on prime time, which is a good indicator of our success in raising awareness and beginning a public debate of urban density.
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