Learning from Jerusalem. Conflict, negotiation and the architecture of the city. Bezalel Urban Design international program.

Learning From Jerusalem.

 

Conflict, Negotiation and the Architecture of the City

The Graduate Program in Urban Design. Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

International Semester Program - SPRING 2016

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“LEARNING FROM JERUSALEM – Conflict, Negotiation and the Architecture of the City” is a unique and innovative semester program, designed by the MUrbDes Graduate Program in Urban Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School.

The Urban Design program at Bezalel is known for its critical, integrative and interdisciplinary nature and focuses on the relationships between urban design and everyday life in the city and, more specifically, in the context of Jerusalem. It aims to highlight the complexity of urban conflicts in Jerusalem not solely as a unique case, but rather as an urban arena that could be used as a laboratory for understanding urban conflicts elsewhere and possible agendas for their resolution.

Visiting students will attend courses dealing with the urban history of Jerusalem and the architecture[s] of conflict[s], as well as a design studio. They will study in the beautiful and historically important Hansen Campus, near the city center. 

The program is offered by Bezalel's MUrbDes Program in Urban Design in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Credits offered by Bezalel and HU are generally recognized by universities across the world, but applicants are advised to consult with their home or prospective schools regarding credit recognition.

 

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  • The Hansen Compound
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The Program


 

Bezalel Courses

  • The Jerusalem Seminar
    An introductory course “The Jerusalem Seminar” (4 credits) that includes a series of lectures by leading scholars and professionals and study-tours in the Jerusalem metropolitan area.
  • “The Architecture[s] of Conflict[s]”
    A research seminar “The Architecture[s] of Conflict[s]” (2 credits) that offers theoretical and empirical study of the role of the built environment in ethno-national conflict, formal and informal processes of urban development in the framework of critical urban geopolitics.
  • Urban Design Studio
    Urban Design studio (6 credits), dealing with contemporary urban design debates in the city and its diverse communities – focusing on spaces of conflict and negotiations on one hand, as well as on territories of compromise and coexistence, hope and cooperation on the other. 

Hebrew University Courses

Two 2-credit elective graduate level courses to be selected from a range of courses focusing on contemporary Jerusalem and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. Examples of elective courses:

Experiential Field Tours

The program will be based on a series of tours in and around the city of Jerusalem, providing meetings and interaction with local communities, stakeholders, non governmental and governmental organizations etc. Tours will be guided by experts in the complex urban condition of Jerusalem.

Program Staff

The academic faculty includes experts in the field of urban design, urban planning and urban politics such as Dr. Els Verbakel (Head of the Program), Prof. Mike Turner (UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies), Dr. Ariel Handel Arch. Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, (owner at SAYA architects), Arch. Ofer Manor (Chief Architect at Jerusalem Municipality) and Arch. Senan Abdel-Qader.

  • Dr. Els Verbakel Dr. Els Verbakel
    Dr. Els Verbakel is founding partner of Derman Verbakel Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. She has taught architecture and urban design at Columbia University, Princeton University, Pratt Institute, the…
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  • Prof. Michael Turner Prof. Michael Turner
    Prof. Michael Turner is the UNESCO Chairholder in Urban Design and Conservation Studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. He has a private practice in architecture, conservation and urbanism, and has been involved with environmental issues since the creation…
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  • Dr. Noah Hysler-Rubin Dr. Noah Hysler-Rubin
    Dr. Noah Hysler-Rubin studied Geography and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Her PhD thesis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007) “Patrick Geddes, Town Planner in the colonies: a Comparative Study of his work in India and in Palestine” constitutes…
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  • Dr. Ariel Handel Dr. Ariel Handel
    Dr. Ariel Handel is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University, and a research fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University. His research interests are mobilities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,…
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  • Senan Abdelkader Senan Abdelkader
    Senan Abdelkader is an architect and urban designer who has directed the "Formal- Informal" Unit at the Bezalel Academy. He is the architect and planner of the Central East Jerusalem Master Plan. As a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, he represented Israel at…
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  • Ofer Manor Ofer Manor
    Ofer Manor serves as Chief Architect in the Jerusalem Municipality where he has crafted the city center regeneration plan which has been successfully implemented over the past decade, and has directed over 75 additional design schemes, from the scale of a single…
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  • Karen Lee Bar-Sinai Karen Lee Bar-Sinai
    Karen Lee Bar-Sinai is an architect and co-founder of SAYA/Design for Change, an architectural office based in Israel. Her practice has developed the notion of "Resolution Planning"--the use of architectural means in aid of conflict resolution processes, negotiations and decision making. Her…
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How To Apply

To Apply : 

Fill out the application form here.

 

* Application deadline for the Spring 2017 program: December 1, 2016


 

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an MA student or a graduate of an undergraduate program in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture and urban design, or in the social sciences at a recognized institution of higher education.
  • Have a minimum "B" grade average and not be registered as a student at another Israeli institution.
  • Proficiency in English is required. TOEFL scores are required for all students who have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction was English.

 

COST AND Application fee:

The program fee is 5600.00 US dollars. The fee includes tuition and pre-departure advising, a social program for international students upon arrival and access to special rate student housing at the Hebrew University Campus. This does not include mandatory health insurance (more info about insurance), travel costs, housing and other expenses in Israel. Application fee: $80 (non-refundable).