The Housing and Construction Ministry, together with the Manufacturers' Association and the Association of Engineers and Architects in Israel, will launch the biggest Israel design and construction exhibition of its kind in 2006. "The last time we saw an exhibition of a similar kind was 33 years ago," said Israel Goodovitch, Tel Aviv city engineer and architect who is one of the main initiators of the project. "We have planned this exhibition on the model of expos that exist around the world." The two-month exhibition will open its doors on March 21 on a 30-dunam plot near the Ramat Gan stadium and the Ayalon shopping center. The event will include a large tent with 1,500 square meters of exhibition space, about 100 exhibition stands for companies, apartment models, and a gallery for designers. Development of the event will be supported with a NIS 25 million investment. An exhibition entitled "Run to the apartment" will bring manufacturers, architects, suppliers, and service providers together with industry professionals in an exchange of ideas, information and products. The event will also host a number of seminars and workshops. "The aim is to improve the quality of construction, design and the building of flats to bring the construction sector back to strength," said Shraga Brosh, President of the Manufacturers' Association of Israel. It is the first time the Housing and Construction Ministry is taking an active part in promoting a public project of this kind. Other initiators of the project are the Association of Contractors and Builders in Israel and the city of Ramat Gan. "This project is also an effort to contribute to the recovery of the construction and building sector to solve the plight of manpower that the sector has been experiencing," said Ministry of Construction and Housing Director-General Shmuel Aboav.