Urban Shade in Israel

The exhibition on view at Design Museum Holon incorporates design in urban spaces through a discussion on the roles shade can play in a city and in social activity.

“Urban Shade in Israel”. Photo © Benny Gam Zo Letova
For the exhibition “Urban Shade in Israel”, presented by Design Museum Holon, the Beracha Foundation and the Municipality of Holon, 17 teams of international and Israeli architects and designers, representing 12 countries, submitted proposals that were evaluated by a renowned international jury
The exhibition is the result of a unique three-year project that involved a year-long research into the topic of shading in public spaces. This was followed by an invited international competition to submit proposals for five study sites in the city of Holon. The exhibition presents an installation of the winning projects aimed at offering suitable solutions to the city’s dwellers increased exposure to sun.
“Urban Shade in Israel”. Photo © Benny Gam Zo Letova
Top and above: “Urban Shade in Israel”. Photo © Benny Gam Zo Letova

Whilst the project uses the city of Holon as a test case, the proposed solutions have international application, particularly with respect to regions where climatic conditions and growth in urban populations make the proposed design solutions especially applicable. Placing shade and shading systems at the forefront of the municipal agenda and academic debate, the exhibition visually captures the impact and relationship design has on urban and living spaces.

The issue of the lack of shade in public spaces has long been neglected in the urban space. To address this particular issue and work towards the provision of shading in public spaces, the exhibition proposes a “call to action” aimed at tackling this severe problem and find proactive solutions that acknowledge it.

From designers and planners to policymakers and politicians, this exhibition compels reflection on the economic, ecological and social outcomes that urban shading can unravel, helping to reduce energy consumption, global warming and boost economic activities. It calls for an action to recognize the influence of shade on the quality of urban lifestyle and introduce a discussion designed to move public conscience.

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