• Despite its challenging existing conditions, Kiryat Gat can achieve a balanced urban metabolism. This can be achieved through strategic planning around industry and production, where all of the excess outputs from one industry would be utilized as inputs for another.

    Image: MIT/TAU Kiryat Gat Studio

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Reinventing planned cities

Rethinking '50s era ‘new towns’

Students from the School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) traveled to Israel in January for a 10-day collaborative workshop with Tel Aviv University's Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (TAU LCUD).

The workshop was one part of a semester-long studio, under the direction of SA+P’s Eran Ben-Joseph and TAU’s Tali Hatuka, focusing on Kiryat Gat, a mid-sized town in the south of Israel built in the 1950s. The city was chosen as a ‘laboratory’ for re-designing outmoded planned towns of that era with the aim of creating new planning models that could reshape the future of similar cities across the world.

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