DESURB – Bezalel Workshop on Designing Safer Urban Spaces

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Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and the Master’s Departments of Urban Design and Industrial Design will hold a workshop – DESURBS – Designing Safer Urban Spaces, with international speakers from the UK and Spain, on Wednesday, January 18 at the Bezalel Gallery, Yaffo 23, Jerusalem, and Thursday, January 19 on the Bezalel Campus, Mount Scopus, Segal Hall, Jerusalem.

Follow the Bezalel DESURBS blog here and visit the DESURBS website here.

More information and full program from the press release:

In January 2011, Bezalel’s Departments of Urban Design and Industrial Design (Master’s Programs) embarked on a project called DESURBS – Designing Safer Urban Spaces. DESURBS is a research project that focuses primarily on the planning and design of urban spaces so that they will be less vulnerable – and more durable and resilient – to security threats including terrorism, crime, industrial security and natural disasters. Participants from Israel, Spain, the UK, Greece and Norway participate in the project, which will be completed in 2014.

The results of the first year, including the research project, will be discussed and presented to the target market (the “end users”, which include the Jerusalem Municipality, the Israeli Police and people in the private sector who have an interest in the project) at the workshop next week. There will be a presentation of 30 ideas/works/products by professors and students within the two Master’s programs, and 10 of these projects will be chosen to go onto the next stage of the project.

The DESURBS project is co-funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Program. Partners in the DESURBS project include the coordinators, Research Management AS from Trondheim (Norway), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel), CIMNE University in Barcelona (Spain), the University of Loughborough (UK), the University of Birmingham (UK), University of Southampton (UK) and the Technical University of Crete (Greece) as well as the “end users”.

PART I: MEETING END USERS: AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE TEAMS FROM ENGLAND AND SPAIN

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Bezalel Gallery, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem

14:00-16:00: Orientation and round table discussion with greetings from Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur.

Aim: To discuss the expectations of the end users, find out about their needs, what they aim to achieve through this project and how DESURBS will be able to help them.

16:00-18:00: Lectures and discussion on the topic: “Urban Resilience” (Participants mentioned below.)

Participants:
•    Dr. Lee Bosher: How Natural are “Natural Disasters”?  (University of Loughborough)
•    Steven Harre-Young: Counter-Terrorism #633: Protecting Crowded Places (University of Loughborough)
•    Prof. Jon Coaffee: Rethinking Urban Resilience: From Countering Terrorism to Sustainable Place-Making (University of Birmingham)
•    Prof. Alex H. Barbat: Is Urban Resilience Measurable? (CIMNE University, Barcelona)

PART II: PRESENTATION OF WORKS / IDEAS AND SELECTION OF FINAL PROJECTS

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Bezalel Campus, Mount Scopus, Segal Hall, Jerusalem

10:00-14:00: Master’s Degree in Industrial Design (M.Des) Student Presentations with Guest Participation

14:00 Lunch