Architect, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell Tech
Founder of AXA.LAB experimental art and architecture lab
Sharon Yavo Ayalon is a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell Tech, researching the social effects of urban renewal projects. Her research strives to understand the nature of the demographic changes caused by urban renewal and according to past data, to develop a computerized model that will visualize those changes and simulate future scenarios. Her PhD explored the linkage between urban renewal and art and the manner in which local identity, spatial (in)justice and social (ex-in)clusion are forged or deconstructed by artistic activity in cities, focusing on artistic interventions in contested cities and the ways in which they affect and are affected by urban segregation patterns and boundaries. This research was awarded the President of Israel’s Grant for Scientific Excellence and Innovation. With background as an architect, she combines her research interest with creating art installations, performances and curatorial practice. She received her PhD from the faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion IIT, where she graduated summa cum laude BArch and MSc.