SFERA Institute

23.04.2020 - 24.04.2020

About the Event

SFERA 2020: BIOURBANISM is a conference in Tel Aviv that will bring together international innovators – urbanists, biologists, architects, programmers, and designers, – to discuss how we can build better cities using knowledge about the natural world around us. Not only is Tel Aviv an urban gem, but the inspiration for its unique design comes from nature. A biologist by education, Patrick Geddes was a revolutionary urban planner who incorporated ideas from natural sciences in Tel Aviv’s tree-laden boulevards, countless public gardens, and oh-so-human streets of eclectic, “jolie laide” urban life. Join us on 23-24 April 2020 for a series of thought-provoking talks, discussions, workshops, city walks and more to explore ideas ranging from biomimicry and biophilic design to circular economy and neuro-architecture. We welcome experts, students, researchers, municipalities, and startups working towards more life-centered and sustainable cities. Speakers: - Marcos Cruz, director of Bio-Integrated Design at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - Michal Gath-Morad, chair of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich - Emma van der Leest, founder and creative director BlueCity Lab - Itai Palti, director of the Centre for Conscious Design, founder of the Conscious Cities Movement - Cleo Valentine, researched at Open Systems Lab and the University of Oxford - Sella Nevo, senior software engineer at Google - Dalia Munenzon, Boston associate at One Architecture & Urbanism - Yasmine Meroz, researcher at Tel Aviv University - Stanislava Boskovic, visiting academic at Imperial College London - Jessica Guy, project manager at Fab City Hub Barcelona - Daniel Elkayam, art-designer More details will be announced soon.

About Us

SFERA is a Tel-Aviv based platform for new ideas and collaborations aimed at shaping the future of urban living. We are based in Tel Aviv because this city is awesome. Founded a little over 100 years ago on sand dunes, today Tel Aviv is a vibrant center of innovation and creativity. Its open and accepting culture, unique urban qualities, bold and inventive people – all contribute to the city’s exceptional creative energy.