Political, economic, social crises and natural disasters will be the focus of our activities in the near future. When the market responds to the top three deciles, inequality increases. Alongside gated communities, replicated towers, and branded housing, informal cities appear on an unregulated land. The opportunity to change is an action supported by a revolutionary social creative spirit modifying prevailing perceptions, planning, and familiar economic models. Its roots, adopted by start-up farms, will lead to new insights and ideas affecting our living environment. New tools such as applied research, big data processing, materials technologies and architectural/urban flexible mechanisms, predict and propose solutions to environmental problems, allowing changes in space establishing the role of the individual, culture and the collective, creating dynamic, creative surviving communities and sustainability.
About the speaker
Arch. Yehoshua Gutman, a graduate of the GSAPP at Columbia University, NY, is a senior Lecturer and Professor Candidate in the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. He also taught at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Columbia University, and others. He is the owner and Chief Architect at Gutman Assif Arch. Tel Aviv, Israel. In the course of its existence, the firm has experienced various planning and design aspects, exhibitions, design projects, urban installations, housing and commercial buildings, museums, educational buildings, and academia in Israel and abroad. We refer to architecture as a cultural, social, economic and environmental act of praxis.