Stories from the Clinic

A farm on the wrong side of the road

A farm on the wrong side of the road

3 December, 2021

Author: Galya Globerman

This ‘blogpost’ is part of a series of responses to The Urban Clinic’s semi-official field trips. The tours are aimed at providing Clinic members, friends, and peers an opportunity to network informally and share projects and interests in the hopes of fostering professional and collegiate partnerships. Undoubtedly, they also provide us with a framework to sense the diverse landscapes, communities, and untold stories of the places we call home.

Sea, sun, and sand… and so much more - Jizr a Zarka Meet and Greet

Sea, sun, and sand… and so much more - Jizr a Zarka Meet and Greet

25 October, 2021

Author: Galya Globerman

This ‘blogpost’ is part of a series of responses to The Urban Clinic’s semi-official field trips. The tours are aimed at providing Clinic members, friends, and peers an opportunity to network informally and share projects and interests in the hopes of fostering professional and collegiate partnerships. Undoubtedly, they also provide us with a framework to sense the diverse landscapes, communities, and untold stories of the places we call home.

The Urban Clinic met in early October at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant at Jisr az-Zarqa to kick off the 2021-2022 academic year with sea, sun, and sand, not to mention great food, and of course, riveting discourse. Students, professors, and Clinic friends drove from all over to gather and breathe new life, hopefully lockdown free, into the new year.

Seeing My Life In the Eyes of Others: I Cried and I Learned - Eman Ansari writes on the course "East Jerusalem: Policy, Economy and Society"

Seeing My Life In the Eyes of Others: I Cried and I Learned - Eman Ansari writes on the course "East Jerusalem: Policy, Economy and Society"

10 October, 2021

Article on the course: East Jerusalem: policy, the economy, and society
Author: Eman Ansari

How do you define yourself? What passport do you carry? What country do you belong to? These are all questions East Jerusalemites are asked quite frequently. It’s difficult to understand and imagine this reality, so I often find myself explaining the complexity of East Jerusalem to my friends and Jewish peers.

In Order to Understand the Future We Want for [Physical] Spaces, We Must First Understand the Present.

In Order to Understand the Future We Want for [Physical] Spaces, We Must First Understand the Present.

9 September, 2021

Profile article on Yuval Dryer Shilo, Urban Planner
Author: Odeya Friedman

As planners, we are trying to reach an on the ground understanding, but overall, we are human beings who make decisions, and don’t always know how to interpret what is actually happening. We need to recognize the need for mediation. 

Sometimes, to protect the light, we need to increase the darkness

Sometimes, to protect the light, we need to increase the darkness

4 July, 2021

Author: Adi Shifrin

Profile article on Hila Bar-Ner, Urban Planner and member of the Young Urban Planners Forum Committee.

“We do not create spaces that benefit us, and I believe that this phenomenon is tied to conditions in Israel. Because we’re a small and densely populated state, it sometimes seems like most of our energy is spent coordinating between institutions instead of creating places beneficial to people in the most basic ways. Take light pollution as an example, urban development has hidden the night skies. In Texas, the Dark Sky Program was established to protect starry nights for current and future generations. In Israel, this is only happening anecdotally, and almost no one discusses the effects of urban development on our quality of life. Perhaps this is why one of my favorite projects to date is formulating planning guidelines that support young children because they provide a great excuse to reexamine the environments we create. I want to believe that when planning projects, our goal is to also create better spaces that promote a higher quality of life.”


Building multi-story projects in slums as a housing solution for East Jerusalem residents

Building multi-story projects in slums as a housing solution for East Jerusalem residents

14 June, 2021

Author: Imman Ansari

As a Jerusalemite, Urban Clinic fellow, and candidate for an MA in Urban Planning with a focus on East Jerusalem (amongst other things with can be found below), I decided to interview Maliha Zugayar a fellow Urban Clinic scholarship recipient and graduate who currently works as a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research and as a teacher and academic aide at Hebrew University. She recently published her first academic article based on her Master’s thesis supervised by Prof. Emily Silverman