Ofir Zak

Ofir Zak


Ofir Zak is an active architect, graduated with distinction from the Technion – Israel institute of Technology.
Since 2012, he has been part of “Amir Mann – Ami Shinar Architects”, where he currently leads the Israeli design team of the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem (In collaboration with Herzog and de Meuron architects, Basel).

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Research Topic: Computational framework for the identification of livable urban modules

Understanding of cities is dependent on having accurate data, and on the ability to develop this data into knowledge and insights. For this purpose, urban planning’s common practice suggests aggregation of diverse data into assigned regions such as quarters, neighborhoods, or statistical areas, a method which could result with significant bias affecting quality and accuracy of insights.
The research proposes a computational framework for the delineation of optimal zones for data aggregation to support urban livability assessment, based on key performance indicators extracted from urban sustainability rating systems (SRS).
Within this context the research tries to avoid sources of statistical bias (MAUP) by maximizing homogeneity in each zone. The resulted delineation is directly affected by and uniquely defined for, the collected data. The proposed framework aims to present planners and stakeholders with a more accurate and correlated aggregation, leading to informed insights for better decision-making.