Dr. 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 (http://designprotest.tau.ac.il/), and the project “Industrial Urbanism” (with Prof. Eran Ben Joseph, MIT) was exhibited at MIT Museum in September 2014 (http://www.industrialurbanism.com/).
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 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.
Miryam Wijler received her M.A in philosophy (2017, Summa Cum Laude). Her M.A thesis analysed Marxian concepts of society, and used this analysis in order to examine the changing characteristics of social categories based on a natural justification under different social forms. She is an alumna of the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students. Miryam worked as an assistant to the editor of the Israeli academic journal Theory and Criticism (2010-2013), and as a teaching assistant in the philosophy department in Tel Aviv university (2012-2016). She was active with grassroots initiatives for public housing in Israel as well as against house demolitions in Palestinian communities inside Israel (2010-2014), and worked at the human rights organization – Yesh Din (2016-2018). Miryam was part of the LCUD team between 2009-2010 as a research assistant to Dr. Tali Hatuka and re-joined the laboratory in 2018. She is now project coordinator of a research studying protest and dissent in the city.
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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.
Yulia Furshik received her B.A in Philosophy and Biology (2016) from Tel Aviv University. Currently she is doing an M.A. in Urban Studies. Yulia joined the Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD) in 2016. Beforehand she has been working for several years in the field of Informal Education, namely in BINA – Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture and the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel.
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.