Center for Urban And Regional Studies (CURS)

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies is both a research center and a Think-Tank. It is affiliated with the Graduate Program for Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The center was established in 1969 by the late Professor Moshe (Morris) Hill, and was the first of its kind in Israel. Since 1989 the center has benefitted from the generous support of Mrs. and Ms. Philip M. Klutznick, former USA ambassador to the UN and president of Bnei Brith organization.

Our mission is to contribute to understanding the processes of urban and regional development and functioning, and to aid policymaking at the national, regional and local levels. Two principles guide our work: excellence on an international level in research, and contribution to the quality of life in Israel.

The Center’s researchers have high-level expertise and substantial experience in the following fields: Land use planning, economic development, social planning, environmental psychology, planning law, environmental aspects in planning, housing, transportation, urban renewal and regeneration, regional planning, real estate development, landscape planning and design, planning informatics, public participation, conflict resolution and planning for specific groups: Women, elderly people, children, Arab population and immigrants. The researchers cooperate with researchers and research institutions at the Technion and in other universities in Israel and abroad.

The research work at the Center is funed by international and national foundations and institutions, by the majority of Israel’s government ministries, by local authorities and other public and semi-public bodies, mostly in Israel. The Center uses various channels to disseminate the research results among decision makers, planning practitioners and the general public. A main channel is publication of books, research reports and position papers, in Hebrew and English. In addition, the Center initiates and hosts local, national and international seminars, workshops and symposia. The members of the Center often serve on public committees, both national and local, and they frequently participate in scientific and professional conferences around the world.


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