Dean Jeff Stein speaks at Tel Aviv-Yafo Conference

Sustainability In The City (of Tel Aviv), To Celebrate 100 Years Now And 100 In The Future

BAC Dean Jeff Stein recently spoke at the 2-day Tel Aviv-Yafo Centennial Conference on Urban Sustainability. Marking the 100th anniversary of Tel Aviv, this conference was held to address the future of the city and present ideas on urban renewal in relation to sustainability.

The conference dealt with a variety of themes, including economics, community, architecture and culture. Speakers included Richard Register of Ecocity Builders, Charles Landry, author of The Art of City Making and Lodovico Folin Calabi of UNESCO, and Dean Jeff Stein of the BAC.

With its rapid growth and development, Tel Aviv's transformation has at times been a bumpy road. The city's planners have not always been wise enough to preserve the things that make the city great, and some serious planning mistakes have been made over the years. This week, with an eye toward the city's development over the next 100 years, the city sponsored a conference that brought together some prominent voices in the debate over sustainable cities.

Organized as a series of keynote speeches by foreign experts, was followed by discussions by local practitioners and officials and included student competitions and exhibitions.

The conference, which kicked off an entire month of events celebrating the city's centennial, will hopefully stimulate greater discussion about sustainability as it relates to city design and development in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.