Tali Hatuka

Prof. Tali Hatuka (B.Arch, MSc., PhD), an architect, urban planner, is the Head (and founder) of the Laboratory of contemporary Urban Design, in the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University (since October 2009). Her work is focused primarily on two main fields: (1) the urban realm and society (i.e., public space, conflicts and dissent); and (2) urban development and city design (i.e., housing and industrial areas). She has researched and published regarding both issues in peer-reviewed journals, books, and edited volumes In 2008-2009, her research funded by the European Community was exhibited as an interactive multimedia exhibition, “Urban Design and Civil Protest,” at the Compton Gallery at MIT Museum (, and the project “Industrial Urbanism” (with Prof. Eran Ben Joseph, MIT) was exhibited at MIT Museum in September 2014 (

Her recent awards for research include the prestigious GIF– German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (2018); The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (2015); Ministry of Economy (2015); MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI Global Funds, 2011, with Prof. Eran Ben Joseph); the European Community’s Marie Curie OIF and IRG (FP6, FP7) Research Fellowships (2006-2009, 2009-2013); a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-2005); and the Rechter Prize for a young Israeli architect of 2012 (Ministry of Culture and Sport, 2012).


Hadas Zur

Hadas Zur received her M.A (2016) in Sociology & Anthropology and B.A (2012, Magna Cum Laude) in Women and Gender Studies, and Cinema from Tel Aviv University. Her M.A thesis focused on the spatial history of prostitution in tel Aviv during the years 1975-1995. She worked as a conflict group facilitator and led Israeli-Palestinian dialogue seminars in several organization in Israel, Germany, and the USA. Alongside working as an academic coordinator at the Walter Lebach institute for Jewish Arab relations at TAU. Prior to joining the lab she worked at the Israeli green building council. Now, she is a PhD candidate, studying smart cities and its implications on social disadvantage groups in the urban environment.

Gili Inbar

Architect Gili Inbar received her B.Arch. degree   from the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning (1993). Since then she has worked in architectural practice in a variety of fields and in recent years with an emphasis on urban planning. She is currently completing her master’s degree in architecture at Tel Aviv University. She is interested in the interface between social and spatial issues and its implications on the everyday lives of people in the city.

Coral Hamo Goren

Coral Hamo Goren received her B.Arch. degree from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design (2016). She is currently studying for her M.A. in Urban Studies, and has joined the Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD) in 2017.  Her main point of interest is the future of cities, in an age of rising violence and increased population density.

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce received his BA in Architecture from Yale University (2009) and his Master in City Planning from MIT (2019). He focuses on how we can use technology to improve and better understand our cities.

David Kambo

David Kambo holds a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is a Registered Landscape Architect at the Architectural Association of Kenya. Prior to joining MIT, David was involved in the Planning and Design of a number of large scale Planned Unit Development within East Africa. He started out at Lexicon+Ion Architects and Planners as a landscape architect working on public realm design projects at different scales within Kenya and greater East Africa. David then transitioned to the Centum Real Estate Investment Company where he was responsible for developing advanced planning strategies for the company’s real estate portfolio. The projects ranged from a 100-acre mixed-use node in Nairobi (Two-Rivers) Kenya, to a 400 acre master plan in Entebbe, Uganda. David’s interests range from equitable real estate,complete design, adaptive planning and incremental infrastructure mainly focused on the global south. He is currently a Masters in City Planning student at MIT.