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An article that reviews the ideas behind the “Roaming Forest” project, designed by Ed Wall, Yael Bar-Maor & Mike Dring, and realized in “Timing 2010: The Biennale of Landscape Urbanism” in Bat-Yam, Israel. An article by Yael Bar-Maor published in the popular Israeli news website: , regarding issues for the conference: “Cross Section – the 9th Israeli Association of Landscape Architects Annual Conference”, November 2011. Amir Sherman, agronomist and landscape designer; graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University and of the landscape architecture department at Ruppin Technological College.
Client: The city of Jerusalem and Israel Association of United Architects. Landscape design as part of a renewal of a primary school courtyard in Tel-Aviv. A great example of modern architecture in Israel, the house boasts large openings that frame the spectacular views.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s exhibition on radical architect David Yannay is an invitation to examine up close the meeting of late modernist dreams with the concrete worlds of compromise. The Brutalist concrete style suited Israel’s harsh climate and paucity of natural building materials. Built near the old British municipal building, the new municipality blends Post-Modern architecture with more traditional Mamluk style, using smoked glass, steel, and interchanging bands of red and white limestone.
Today Price is the owner of MPArchitecture architectural firm in Tel Aviv. Over the years, a small but important permanent Israeli collection, including drawings, models, prototypes, and works by architects and designers, has been assembled. Since its founding in 1973, the Department of Design and Architecture has been at the forefront of introducing the field of design into Israeli culture.
Mansfeld, the Museum’s dairy cafés, are named after Al Mansfeld, the first architect of the Israel Museum and winner of the Israel Prize for Architecture for his design of the Museum. Modern, the Museum’s kosher meat restaurant, is designed in an early modernist style. Rainer Mahlamäki was part of an international group of distinguished architects invited to to share experiences with their Israeli colleagues on encounters between past and present
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The conference drew an audience of
about 500 Israeli professionals, interior architects, architects and designers from various disciplines. Israel’s Interior Architects Association invited Ville Kokkonen, Artek’s R&D and Design manager as a keynote speaker at their conference, which this year focused on Scandinavian Design. Over the past weeks some fine examples of Finnish design and architecture has been presented to local and international audiences in Tel Aviv.
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remises exactly 50 years later, when there was absolutely nothing here, and was designed by Theodore Sandel, a Christian architect from Jerusalem’s German Colony. Tabor House, a landmark Jerusalem building combining Eastern and European styles, was constructed from 1882 to 1889 by archaeologist, missionary and architect Conrad Schick as his family’s home. Amir Mann and Ami Shinar designed the sleek, eight-story twin corporate buildings in Yehud, which opened in 2008, incorporating the simple and the complex: primitive stone, industrial steel, modern curtain” walls and a contemporary floating aluminum roof.
Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel , part of Jerusalem’s World Union for Progressive Judaism campus, was designed by the renowned Moshe Safdie Beit Shmuel, the original building, opened in 1986 with 41 hostel rooms, classrooms, dining rooms, administration offices aroun
d an inner courtyard, and an outdoor reception space. The Ashdod Performing Arts Center , designed by the firm of Haim Dotan with architect Avi Arbel, features the look of a stylized whale – or perhaps waves – coming to land on the sands of this Mediterranean port city. The $17 million Design Museum in Holon, a project of the architect Ron Arad that opened in 2009, is intended as an iconic building to provide visitors with an immersive environment in which to gain access to and explore the world of design.
Tours of the heavily Bauhaus neighborho
ods of Tel Aviv are available through the Bauhaus Center The Bauhaus Museum on Bialik Street offers an in-depth look at how Tel Aviv became the White City. Between 1932 and 1948, they designed and built thousands of edifices, mainly in the new beachside city of Tel Aviv. The buildings do not have the classic symmetry typical of previous architectural design, favoring right angles, huge balconies, small windows and functionality.
The renowned Bauhaus (House of Construction”) school of design in Weimar Germany attracted many young architects from 1919 to 1932, when it was closed by the Nazis. The project won the Rechter Prize, an Israeli architectural award named for Yacov Rechter. This Jordan Valley cultural and social center on the Sea of Galilee was designed by a team of architects headed by Ulrich Plesner and associates.
After a school that had recently occupied the house moved out, the building was renovated by the architect Amnon Bar-Or, who led a tour of the grounds during November’s Houses from Within-Jerusalem weekend event. Jerusalem has about two dozen Bauhaus buildings (see below for more about Bauhaus in Tel Aviv). Like all Bauhaus (or International style) buildings, which brought Tel Aviv fame for their sheer numbers, this arched structure has narrow, horizontal windows, concrete awnings and a flat roof.
Leopold Krakauer, a noted 1930s Bauhaus architect in Israel, designed this white corner building in the Rehavia neighborhood as a private residence for a physician’s family in 1935. The Weizmann House, sometimes called a palace, was the first Israeli project for the prolific Mendelsohn, who had fled Nazi Germany. In fact, before the start of the current school year, he took Ariel University’s entire architecture faculty on a field trip here to gain inspiration from its simple and glorious, almost symmetrical” approach to classic modern architecture.
The renewed campus, built by Israel’s Efrat-Kowalsky and A. Lerman Architects, stands out for its use of natural light, which is the major physical element of architecture,” says Levy. That holistic view of architecture guides Levy’s judgment of the many different building styles in Israel, which range from the ancient to the avant-garde and everything in between.