Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism -
During the first semester of the current year, three courses took place in three different academic institutions - Bezal’el, Shenkar and Holon Institution of Technology, at the end of the semester, the students handed in proposals for the Bat-Yam Biennale...

Design in the public space course
Course leader: Architect Lilach Shtiat
Inter-departmental Course for 3rd and 4th years at the Holon Institute of Technology, Department of Design

We live in an urban era in which the public spaces of our towns are attributed new social meanings. About half of the people on our earth live in dynamic towns where life patterns are adaptive and ever changing .

What characterizes these spaces is their visual, technological and social saturation, which leads to innovative means of communication and the use of other modes to exploit public spaces .

Within the framework of our course "Design in the Public Space" we have proposed action and gesture for the local open spaces in the northern part of Bat Yam. The course concerned itself with detailed planning aimed at creating a presentation as well as temporary action in the urban space. Throughout the course we investigated terms like boundary, territory, edge as a terms generating metamorphosis and as a new space for action related to the Bat-Yam urban space. Our research included examining possibilities of a variety of artistic options within the Bat-Yam urban space to be applied at the 2012 Biennale .

Design in the urban space is a contemporary field that brings together various disciplines such as space and interior design, industrial design, visual design, lighting, media and technological design, as well as the use of innovative materials .

Course participants also looked into links between the designer, public and the location, between design and/or artistic work and actual urban space. We investigated the significance of the act of planning for a public when we aim at creating user experience while integrating the community as a contemporary act of planning. We reviewed in depth various topics such as: collective urban experience, work using the identification of components of a specific place, creating action and space for uncontrolled action, as well as work using scattering components in the public space as a nursing ground in which future change can flourish with reference to a specific local context .

During the course, students experienced all work processes required for the planning of urban operation, from the stage ofresearch, planning, graphic aspects, object planning and production .

Work was done in teams that drew from all departments of our school, as a joint experimental creation in urban space .


Ergonomic Interface Design
Course Leader: Professor Shraga Kirschner – Head of Department of Interior-Design, Structure and Environment
Academic year: 3rd Shenkar School for Engineering and Design

Objectives: course objectives are the promotions of knowledge in advanced experimental design using an original approach and new materials .

Material structure and performance are conceived as aspect related to design, production and construction .

Design knowledge: new materials and new production procedures, experimental methods, stages of planning and production, communication and collaboration with the producing industry, focusing on design tools enabling the development of complex ergonomic surfaces by creating parametric forms .

Subjects of study: this course focuses on the teaching of experimental work in collaboration. Means and methods of production are looked into by physically developing new ideas. At the end of the term, students present a full-size model of an object relating to environment design or a home product such as a piece of furniture or lighting. Projects are selected in collaboration with the manufacturing industry .

Design paradigm : urban bubble – the design of a street chair or bench for the urban space, a 1:1-scale object as an interface that supports human activities in the urban space in the context of the local culture - case study Bat Yam. The piece of furniture may well be used as a chair, but can also be seen as a refuge to intimacy inside the city’s social space. Together they constitute a kind of sculpture analogically symbolizing and hinting at an animal form whose design represents the habitat of the urban fabric in which it is located .

Course of study: mapping and documentation of the site of the case study; exploration of form and adaption of the design language to the site; typology analysis of posture and movement around the research environment; documentation of an event by using an artistic and digital media, analysis of events and their conversion to 3D composition which generates the design, experience in building models of various styles, methods and materials .


Metamorphosis and the Urban Space
Sigal Barnir, Penny Hess Yas’ur
Multi-departmental course, 1st semester, Bezal’el, Art and Design Academy, Jerusalem

The course studies metamorphosis as a generating tem in the urban space. It also looks into the possibility to create architectural/artistic intervention that contests the boundaries of the self evident in space. The course has two aspects: theoretical and practical. The theoretical part covers the tem "metamorphosis" in its various manifestations. We also touched upon the practical aspect of "Relational Aesthetics": an artistic practice on the lookout for new forms of communication between artists and their audience, as relates to the public space and intentionally encloses the observer; thus defining the artist as a catalyst to the happening awaiting its participant. The course included encounters with artists who work within this practice, thus subverting the boundaries between artist, work of art, the viewer, the inhabitant and the passer by .

It the practical aspect we set out to identify and initiate social, architectural or artistic urban operations capable of generating metamorphosis in the urban space – an operation that concentrates on the characteristics of metamorphosis: as an intrinsic modification of form or function – the change ensuing from the object itself – like a chrysalis that turns into a butterfly. The third aspect is linked to action that generates the process, a delicate, precise and effective operation, like the touch of a magic wand, like the kiss that turned the frog into a prince; at times it is but an observation, an intention or a look .

The course constituted a meeting point between students of different departments who worked on common experimenter creation in a real urban space. Students were expected to propose interventions happening as a result of the space itself, and generate change. The course took place in collaboration with the Bat-Yam BiennaleLandscape Urbanism. The course curriculum and its outcomes will be exhibited during the 2012 Biennale, whose theme is metamorphosis .

Course co-leaders were Sigal Barnir, of the theory and history department ,

co-curator of the Bat-Yam Biennale, and Penny Hess-Yas’ur, artist and teacher at the architecture faculty .