HousingLab: History and Future of Living research group, Yael Allweil Group.
Our group focuses on four main efforts:

  1. An architectural history of Israel and Palestine as a housing project.
  2. History and theory of housing as an architecture of scale.
  3. Archival theory and computational methods for mass visual primary sources – developing computer vision of the built environment.

HousingLab research group at Technion involves expanding three realms of knowledge production: (i) Architectural history of Israel and Palestine as a housing project, (ii) History and theory of housing as architecture, and (iii) Developing archival theory and methods for digital visual primary sources. HousingLab combines a humanities inquiry of the history of architecture as cultural production, with critical social science of housing as socio-economic need, and design theory and methods. HousingLab develops research methods that address the large scale and multifaceted nature of housing, and devises design theory and design methods to ensure that planning and design target housing needs for the greater public facing the global housing crisis. Looking into the future of architecture history, HousingLab engages in developing archival methods for visual digital data as primary sources.

HousingLab Research Group provides a platform for studying housing as architecture in addition to policy. As the historical arena for the modernization of the discipline via revolutionary design to meet sociopolitical changes, the timeliness of housing today as a re-emerging field of innovative scholarship is reflected in the ongoing global housing crisis. The phenomenon of housing for the general public poses a challenging premise for research and design: the detailed specificity of housing provision vs. housing as a fundamental, persistent problem-space, requires the development of theoretical and analytical methods. Our group has made several important contributions to both the historiography of housing as architecture and to its theorization as a key arena for cultural production for and by society at large.

Funded projects

Israel Science Foundation (ISF), “Digital Humanities Approach to Architectural History of the Built Environment: A Case Study of the Architectural Legacy of the 1980-1990s in Tel Aviv”. PI.
2021-2023, 510,000 NIS.

Ministry of Science (MOST), “Digital Humanities Approach to the Study of Post-Modern Architectural Legacy of Tel Aviv“ Co-PI Associate Professor Yasha J. Grobman.
2021-2023, 320,000 NIS

Ministry of Science (MOST) – Collaboration with French Ministry of Science: “Pandemic-age Housing in Israel and France, Comparative Analysis” Co-PI Professor Emerita Rachelle Alterman, Professor Yankel Fujailow (Paris Val de Saine). 2021-2023, 300,000 NIS.

Israel Ministry of Housing and Construction, “Pandemic and Elderly Housing Beyond Confinement, Isolation and Vulnerability: Reconsidering the Architecture of Aging Populations” Co-PI Associate Professor Yasha J. Grobman.
2020-2021, 330,000 NIS.

Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS): Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing Research Group. Co-PI with Gaia Caramellino (Politechnico di Milano) and Susanne Schindler (ETH).
$ 500,000. 2019-2020.

Tel Aviv Municipal Preservation Department: Modern-Postmodern: Tel Aviv 1980-1990s Architecture and Urbanism. PI. 145,000 NIS. 2017-2020.

Council for Higher Education in Israel via Social Hub for Housing and Community: Brutalism and Community? Beit Be’eri Housing Estate. PI. 80,000 NIS. 2017-2019.

Tel Aviv Municipal Preservation Department and Center for Research and Development in Architecture: Future_ARChive: Developing Machine-Vision Capacity for Mass Archival of the Built Environment. PI. 96,000 NIS. 2018-2020.