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Ytav Bousira

Living mapping – personal stories and urban landscapes, as a common world shared by Literature and Architecture.

I was born and raised in Jerusalem, the city where I live and act. I am an architect graduated at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and currently a MA student at the Cultural Studies Program at the Hebrew University.

For the past few years I work as the urban-community planner of several neighborhoods in south-west of Jerusalem. This day to day practice, that makes one move between concrete situations and the planning imagination, between the language of the street and that of planners and between full involvement and the necessity to represent things and mediate them, is an ongoing mapping of my professional, social and emotional engagement. Out of the same movement, and together with my community worker partner, with the Civic Architecture Unit of the Bezalel academy, the Jerusalem Public Lab and the Public Knowledge Workshop, I founded “Mare’e Makom: a local center for civic architecture and urban pedagogy”.

In my thesis research, under the instruction of Dr. Carola Hilfrich, I wish to further investigate the same world, to map the same territories. I see the ongoing, living mapping, that brings together different languages, reality and imagination, personal stories and urban landscapes, as a common world shared by Literature and Architecture. This is an active world, emerging all the time, that I wish to unfold through a theoretical, plastic and spatial research, between literary and material places.