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Virtual Urban Walking Tours: Land Grab - Case Studies from Hebron and Mexico City

by Wintersession

Single workshop (2 hr) Diversity & Inclusion Registration Closed

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST (GMT-5)

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How do cities grow? Who decides how land will be used, and who gets to live in new neighborhoods? This tour will take you to two very different places, the Pedregal de Santo Domingo neighborhood in Mexico City and the Jewish settlement of Hebron in the West Bank. The bustling, highly-organized, working- and middle-class community of Pedregal de Santo Domingo masks its history as a “informal” neighborhood established by a land invasion in 1971, mostly by families from Puebla. Hebron has changed since 1967, when Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan and subsequently oversaw the construction of housing projects for Jewish Israelis in the heart of the millenia-old city. These housing projects produced a highly exclusionary urban space, but one whose divisions were not inevitable or preordained. Together, these tours will show how what we can learn about a city’s past by “reading” the built environment, and how residents, designers, planners and political leaders crate integrated and divided places. With Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, The New School, and Noam Shoked, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tel Aviv University.

What to expect:
During this virtual tour, a guide with expertise on a specific area will use images, videos, and documents to immerse you in the history, culture, and architecture of a particular city, street, or neighborhood. Sessions will focus on what the present landscape of the place can tell us about its history, culture, and politics.

Meet the facilitator:
These tours are organized by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Architecture.

Joseph Heathcott is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at the New School. He was a Princeton-Mellon fellow in 2016.

Noam Shoked is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tel Aviv University. He was a Princeton-Mellon fellow in 2018-19.

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