Program Overview

Program Overview
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PLEASE NOTE – Some presenters listed in the program did not ultimately present at the conference, as they cancelled attendance after the program had gone to print.

Monday 10 February
All day Optional workshops, including travel to relevant sites 
Tuesday 11 February
All day Optional workshops, including travel to relevant sites
Evening Informal – Go out to Haifa cafes – Technion student-guided (self-pay)
Wednesday 12 February
9:00am Official Welcome / Plenary Session
  • Professor Rachelle Alterman – Local Host Team (Founding President, PLPR)
  • Professor (visiting) Shamay Assif, Head, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion
  • Professor Yoram Halevi – Dean, Continuing Education (home of the Master of Real Estate Program), Technion
  • Professor Benjamin Davy – President, PLPR; Dortmund University
  Keynote Speaker: Professor Hanoch Dagan Stewart and Judy Colton Professor of Legal Theory and Innovation
Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law
— “Expropriatory Compensation, Distributive Justice, and The Rule of Law”
10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am Parallel Sessions
12:45pm Lunch
1:45pm Parallel Sessions
3:30pm Coffee Break
4:00pm An Introduction to Israeli Planning Law and Land Policy – Professor Rachelle Alterman, Technion
5:00pm PLPR meeting and elections
6:15pm Buses departing to Haifa City Hall, Hadar
6:45pm Haifa City Reception / Haifa Planning Talk (with light food).  At the historic City Hall in the mid-town Hadar area of the city. Address by the Mayor of Haifa Mr Yona Yahav, a lawyer.

Haifa City Hall by Avishai Teicher via PikiWiki project

Haifa City Hall
by Avishai Teicher
via PikiWiki project

8:30pm Free evening or Haifa ethnic restaurants self-pay dinner (student-guided) / PhD Students – Group Dinner 
  Bus back to hotels (Carmel Center); bus to restaurants downtown, or walk.
Thursday 13 February
9:00am Plenary Session
  Keynote Speaker: Professor Chris Webster
Dean, Hong Kong University Faculty of Architecture
— “Urbanization and development as the fragmentation of property rights”
  Keynote Speaker: Professor Jerold S. Kayden
Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
— “Can Planning Law Make Public Space?”
10:45am Coffee Break
11:15am Parallel Sessions
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Special Plenary Session: Judicial Perspectives
  Welcome by:

  • President of the Technion – Professor Peretz Lavie
  • Prof. Yehuda Kalay Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
  Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Justice (ret.) Dalia Dorner
Israel Supreme Court
— “The Israeli Democracy: Human Rights and the Fight Against Terrorism” 
  Discussion about implications for planning: Opened by panel of overseas judges attending PLPR 2014.
4:00pm Coffee Break
4:30pm Parallel Sessions
6:30pm Buses to a very special dinner venue (approx. 30 minutes’ ride)
Dinner (informal dress). Includes tour and planning content.  PLPR Flag Transfer Ceremony.
10:00 – 10:30pm Buses back to hotels
Friday 14 February
9:00am Parallel Sessions
10:45am Coffee Break
11:15am Parallel Sessions 
1:00pm Bus to Bahai World Center, Haifa
1:30pm Concluding Plenary and lunch at Bahai World Center
  Lecture and tour “The Bahai World Center and its Contribution to Haifa Planning” (click here for more on the Bahai Gardens in Haifa)  

Bahai Gardens

Bahai Gardens

3:45pm Planning tour of Haifa and Region
6:00pm Ethnic-food dinner in Druze Village, with Druze planners (self-pay)
7:30pm Bus back to hotels (or stay on and take shared cabs)
Saturday 15 February
All day For suggestions for self-organizing for post-conference touring, click here.