An international conference on: "100 Years of Zoning and the Future of Cities" - June 13-14, 2016

The Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute held an international conference on the subject of:


100 Years of Zoning and the Future of Cities


   June 13-14, 2016


The annual international academic conference of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute was held on June 13-14, 2016, on the campus of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, under the title of: “100 Years of Zoning and the Future of Cities.”


While modern planning and zoning can be traced back to nineteenth-century Germany, the 1916 New York City zoning ordinance serves as an essential milestone in the development of zoning and other forms of contemporary urban land use controls.


The purpose of the conference, under the academic direction of Professor Lehavi, the academic director of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute, was to reconsider the fundamental principles of zoning and city planning over the course of the past one-hundred years, and their implications for the future of cities. The conference examined core questions about the functionality of cities and the goals they should promote, considering, inter alia, the ever increasing pace of urbanization and the growth of mega cities, changing concepts on the role of mixed use, the new generation of inclusionary housing policies, and the effects of macro phenomena such as mass immigration and globalization on the changing landscape of cities.


The conference brought together leading scholars from around the world, including jurists, economists, sociologists, geographers and planners. Participants included:


Dr. Meirav Aharon-Gutman, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Prof. Raphael Fischler, McGill University, Canada

Prof. Sonia A. Hirt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

Prof. Gerald Korngold, New York Law School, USA

Prof. Amnon Lehavi, Academic Director, Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute, IDC Herzliya

Dr. Ronit Levine-Schnur, Radzyner Law School, IDC Herzliya; University of Toronto

Prof. Kevin Leyden, National University of Ireland, Galway

Prof. Wolfgang Maennig, University of Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Nathan Marom,The School of Sustainability,  IDC Herzliya

Prof. Daniel Shoag, Harvard University, USA

Prof. Fabian Thiel, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Eran Razin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Within the framework of the conference, a study tour was held in Tel Aviv, under the guidance of Dr. Efrat Tolkowsky, CEO of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute, and architect Ehud Carmeli, Deputy Director in the Planning and Design Department, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. During the tour, various planning concepts were tested in contemporary Tel Aviv, starting with the urban renewal project in Neve Sharett, continuing on to the mixed-use project, “The Quartet," in the Florentine neighborhood and the Sharona compound, and on to the Cameri/Opera.


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