Shelly Cohen is a curator, researcher and writer based in Israel. She focuses on the social and ethical dimensions of architecture. Her projects critically explore the ways in which planning and design shape everyday life.

2020Intellect and The University of Chicago Press.

Architectural exhibitions make it possible to present political arguments through visual tools. The series of photos in the exhibition 'Separation' demonstrated how the logic of separation—as a political, cultural, and spatial concept—is innate to urban and rural landscape design in Israel.

2020Black Box

Public housing projects have been replaced in recent years by “Pinuy-Binuy” entrepreneurial projects (a Hebrew term for forcing all tenants out once a homeowner threshold is met, and then tearing down the building to rebuild on the site) or, in its laundered name, "Urban Renewal", focused on the economic logic of maximizing entrepreneurs' private profits.

2020Urban Planning

This article investigates aging-in-place among seniors who live with caretakers, particularly domestic workers who immigrate to Israel from poorer countries. In recent decades, new apartment designs are intended for families with children.

2010Genia Schreiber Gallery

The exhibition “Safe Haven” turns a gaze to the shelter and to the multitude of manifestations of built civilian defense that shape the space and ... Read more

2020The David Azrieli School of Architecture

This course reviews various contemporary social and ethical approaches in architectural thought and practice. In an age of neoliberal economics, privatization, and a declining welfare ... Read more

2016Architect's House Gallery

The exhibition posits various alternative programs and uses for malls passed their glory days. For example, Rishon’s late 1980’s Lev Ha-Ir Mall is rapidly deteriorating after attempts at renewal have failed. At the same time, students discovered that many vocational schools have been set up there.

2014Architect's House Gallery

The featured buildings were constructed along main roads, and most were planned by leading Israeli architects. These buildings did not become isolated architectural icons, however, but instead managed to become an integral part of a busy urban center.

2013Architect's House Gallery

The resident’s involvement in urban design is not, at present, an integral part of the process. His only window for participation is when it comes to submitting his or her objections to a proposed planning.

2017Tel Aviv University

The Ph.D research paper addresses the relations between the ethical, social and aesthetic aspects of architecture in Israel, and their manifestation in architectural projects planned ... Read more