Academic Engagement in Urban Regeneration Projects: Challenges in Building Students’ Critical Professional Identity

  • Rinat Tal
  • Tovi Fenster
  • Tal Kulka


How does a multidisciplinary community-based clinic work with an urban community to regenerate its deteriorating real estate? This chapter analyzes the three-year experience of students working with residents of the Jewish neighborhood Yaffo Gimel (“Jaffa C”) located in the mixed Jewish-Arab city in the south of Jaffa. What started as an initiative by Tel Aviv University’s Legal Clinic to help residents with legal orders they received from the municipality continued as the joint work of a multidisciplinary clinic consisting of three entities: planning (based in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities), law (based in the Faculty of Law), and real estate (based in the real estate institute, Faculty of Management). This clinic became involved in an urban regeneration project in which three more actors played key roles besides the university clinic: the limited resource residents, the municipality, and the private developer that became involved later on.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinat Tal
    • 1
  • Tovi Fenster
    • 2
  • Tal Kulka
    • 2
  1. 1.Porter School of Environmental StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Human EnvironmentTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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