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How many times have you been encouraged by friends, colleagues or family to step out of your comfort zone? And not just them; viral stories on the web, self help books and inspirational diagrams all praise discomfort and try to seduce you to get yourself out there and have a taste of unfamiliar territories.

If you are not always convinced by this wave of motivational messages and you still make your way every morning to your 9 to 5, I don’t blame you. Despite those attempts to present life as a journey of infinite possibilities, the reality outside our safe…


“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

And the Lord came down to see…


Cape Town © Yoav Goldwein

There is nothing like the smell of a new book. If it’s a colourful cookbook, a famous novel or a study notebook, the scent of fresh paper has a particular type of adrenaline rush. The excitement of starting something new and unknown.

One of my favorite things in my youth, each year in the last days of the summer vacation, was to march with my mom to the small old bookstore to get all the workbooks for the new school year. The bookstore was always crowded with people and packed with stacks of workbooks till one could barely pass through…


Is this the end of the world as we know it or 2020 will be just a glitch in the matrix?
Review of predictions, opinions, assumptions and speculations of the post covid-19 age.

One of the most noted phrases in the Jewish Talmud says: “Since the day that the Holy Temple was destroyed prophecy has been given to the fools!” In other words: if you claim to know the future, you are automatically proclaiming your ignorance. …


Student life. An explosion of a wild youth full of stimulation and connections is now a nostalgic memory fading into the reality of contemporary detached adulthood. This is a story about the gradual social distancing we experience in this transition into adulthood and the dissonance between the way we design our environment and the way we nurture our hearts.

For me university life was my first home away from home, and that home was Jerusalem. Not the first city to come to mind as a choice for a young man in search of fun and freedom. It’s religious, hectic, tense…


Story about love, sexuality and a guru sitting between them.

“I love, therefore I exist” states the sign on Tamera’s gathering hall just above something that resembles an altar. It reminds me of one of those stark and dreading axioms in our local synagogue back in my adolescence, which intended to praise god or command you to follow his ways and the values of a healthy society. As an 8 year old, escorting my father on his journey to discover orthodox Judaism, they triggered mostly rebellion. …


There is something disturbing in the trending term “Curated communities”. In the new wave of “co-businesses” (co-living, co-working, etc.), this term means “a community of like-minded people”, carefully selected to fit the company’s vision and the customer’s needs.
It symbolizes quite well the dissonance standing in the base of this rapidly growing industry which market itself through buzz words like community and diversity.

Curated community is actually effortless and organic while reaching real diversity is hard work.
Richard Florida identified this urban phenomenon “the rise of the creative class” already in 2002. The creative class are entrepreneurs, artists, professors, developers…


“Create a vision, design a process around it, and then collect a team to execute it”

Seeing Ed Thomas from The Collective talk about co-living at the co-liv summit in Paris last year was indeed inspiring. Ed has a true passion to make co-living the future of housing. But that bold statement, clear and sharp, made me move in my chair uncomfortably. That is not what I know about collectives…

Ed is the head of community experience in the world’s biggest co-living space as of today. …


Image is taken from: Pop up works — A mobile office. Stockholm, Sweden

In the year 2018, humanity is in the midst of the third industrial revolution, and in some places it is taking the first steps in the fourth (cyber physical systems). The process of computerization and automation has affected almost all industries in the last three decades, and it is far from slowing down.

When thinking about future society — that is society in 10 years’ time — there must be a strong understanding that what was right for yesterday, is not right for tomorrow.

If current predictions for 2030 are correct, our reality will look vastly different than today even…


The latest Co-living summit in Paris in September 2018, expended on the current complexity of the real estate market. Participants reviewed several benefits that co-living communities provide to face those challenges but also raised some important concerns: who is co-living really for?

As of now, most of the co-living industry cater to a certain profile — Millennials. The average co-liver is aged 31, single, either wealthy / nomadic / entrepreneurial and probably in transition period. Most co-livers today don’t stay more than a year in their rental room and find other solutions when their life circumstances change.

If co-living is…

Yoav Goldwein

Everywhere and nowhere. Urbanist, researcher, social anthropologist and a huge fan of human humans. https://yoavgoldwein.wixsite.com/intrinsicurbanism

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