Urban and Design Research for Better Cities

Change, innovation, dynamic growth and reform are key issues of modern life at the beginning of the 21st century. In the face of contemporary challenges to our society, our economy, our environment, and our everyday lives, it is key for planners to find solutions for the complex problems and opportunities related to the unprecedented growth of cities. In this context, cities need to supply housing, employment, security, energy, communication, and mobility in a sustainable environment for its inhabitants. Today, these are the main challenges that occupy policy makers, planners, architects and citizens, requiring clear vision and research. The LCUD seeks methods and models that arrive at innovative solutions and guidelines, making our cities better.

Our three thematically-related fields and the projects are:


Land-Gardens| 2016

Poverty and Urban Regeneration | 2016

Smart Cities Cyber Security (SCCS) | 2016

Reproduction and Space in the Israeli Landscape | 2016

Smartphone’s Influence on Public Space | 2015

Urban Design Codes and Climatic Considerations for Mediterranean Cities | 2013

Neighborhood-State | 2012



Agonistic Engagement In Post-Migrant Societies | 2018

Dissent and Urban Space | 2010


The Geography of The Cybersecurity Industry | 2019

Production Districts: Galilei and Kiryat Shmona | 2019

Places of Production: Ashdod, Israel | 2017

Planning Industrial Sites | 2016

City-Industry in Israel | 2014

NexCity: Kiryat Gat 2025 | 2012

Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production | 2014


While we cannot force the future, we know it is influenced and shaped by what we do in the present. The investments we make in urban and design research today will enable us to master the challenges we face tomorrow.