The City of Tomorrow – Shared Living in Mixed Cities of the Future

The City Of Tomorrow  

The City of Tomorrow – Shared Living in Mixed Cities of the Future, the third in a series of conferences exploring life in mixed cities, will take place between 20 – 22 October 2015, at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha´ananim, Jerusalem. The conference is being organized by the Jerusalem Foundation and the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace. This year the conference will focus on how to make mixed cities more friendly and accessible to all their residents, now and in the future. In Israel there are mixed cities that include Jews and Arabs (Tel Aviv – Jaffa, Haifa, Ramla, Lod) and other cities that have varied populations such as secular and ultra-orthodox Jews (Beit Shemesh, Tzfat, and more). But there is no city like Jerusalem, which is so diverse and so multicultural, encompassing all groups, ethnicities and religions.


The 2015 conference will focus on the future, exploring creative solutions to current problems. Featuring scholars, leaders of organizations and non-for-profits, and experts in the fields of architecture and planning, environment, education, gender and transportation, the conference will seek to examine the current processes of change and creatively and humanely prepare for a better future and a more sustainable urban living environment. Highlights of the conference will include panels of people who reflect live coexistence on a day to day basis. Thus, for instance, there will be a panel of “Families of the Future” that include mixed couples – between Jews and Arabs, single sex, and veteran Israelis married to those of Ethiopian descent. Another encounter examines life in mixed cities, and will include an orthodox rabbi who leaders encounters between Jews and Arabs, the director of an organization that works to advance better relations between refugees and asylum seekers and veteran Israeli populations, as well as scholars in mixed Jewish-Arab communities.


The opening night will feature lectures by authors Dorit Rabinyan and Ayman Siksek followed by a musical performance by Quartetoukan: When Bialik and Fairuz Meet.

The first day of the conference will focus on mixed city planning. Panels will concentrate on the importance of creating an inclusive space in the areas of employment, construction, transportation, linguistic accessibility and environment sustainability, at all levels, from decision makers to implementation on the ground.

The second day of the conference will focus on social changes that require revised planning in educational, political, welfare and other civil society frameworks in mixed cities.


A musical event led by Simply Singing, whichbrings Jews and Arabs together for joint sing-alongs, will conclude the conference.


“The theme of ‘mixed cities in the future’ was chosen because we wanted to break through current boundaries, to examine creative solutions to current problems. We wanted to examine the future with its opportunities, challenges and dangers. In addition, we aim to offer directions and ideas on how to make these cities more friendly to their residents in this future,” said Dr. Uki Maroshek, Academic Director of the Adam Institute.


Dr. Udi Spiegel, Director of Education and Coexistence projects at the Jerusalem Foundation, added that, “Most of us have difficulty with the different and the stranger, but the real test is when we experience ‘coexistence’ close to home…We need to learn how we learn from those who are different from us and celebrate diversity.”


The conference website will continue to provide updated information about the conference. Transcriptions of discussions and pictures will be uploaded there during conference sessions and events.