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Partner and Director of Planning @ ORG Permanent Modernity - United States of America
Kobi Ruthenberg, BArch, SMarchS is a Partner at ORG Permanent Modernity. His expertise lays at the intersection of large-scale urban-rural systems and forms of development and architecture. At ORG, Ruthenberg heads the New York office with a diverse set of projects both in the US and in Africa. These include the ‘Malawi Secondary Cities Plan’, Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Plan, masterplans for the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Navy Yards and Jersey City, and the award-winning ’New Meadowlands’ project, initiated at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) as part of the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At ORG, Ruthenberg also developed a model masterplan of an agribusiness city in rural Ghana which develops a comprehensive approach which accounts for environmental, infrastructural, social, and economic systems. Prior to joining ORG, Kobi was a research and design associate at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, where he led a flood resiliency initiative for the Boston metropolitan area. Before studying urbanism at MIT, Ruthenberg practiced architecture and urban planning, in Israel and in China where he worked with several leading firms, on projects varying in scale and program: from residential, commercial and institutional buildings to new urban settlements and long term planning. Ruthenberg obtained his post-professional Masters in Architecture and Urbanism at MIT in 2013 and his Bachelors in Architecture from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in 2008. He has been a lecturer in Urban Design at Northeastern University and a visiting design critic and speaker at leading schools and conferences in the US.