Lihi Matza

Lihi Matza is a Master's student in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her research examines urban planning and spatial development practices in Israel in the neoliberal era, as reflected in the regeneration of former urban industrial areas. Such regeneration projects represent a growing phenomenon in Israel during the last three decades. Despite this growing popularity, however, there is almost no literature on its local manifestations. Using analysis of regeneration projects from around the world and of three local case studies, Lihi aims to characterize the various planning and development approaches to the regeneration of these areas, their positive and negative implications, and the planning culture that informs them. In so doing, she seeks to contribute to the formulation of a multi-dimensional and comprehensive planning policy regarding the regeneration of these areas in Israel.