Archinect - News 2014-04-20T03:05:48-04:00 Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture Alexander Walter 2014-03-26T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:23:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NOT only in 2013 did the building of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the core of a would-be Palestinian state, grow at twice the rate of 2012; its uniform architecture is increasingly attracting Palestinians. In place of their distinctive rough-hewn stone houses, Palestinian builders now tend to prefer the uniform style of red-roofed houses that mark out Israeli settlements. &ldquo;People always look up to the colonial power, even if they resent it [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA proposes boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects' over Palestinian settlements</a></p> RIBA proposes boycott of Israeli Association of United Architects' over Palestinian settlements Archinect 2014-03-20T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:04-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the international body, saying it is complicit in the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and other violations of international law.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The full <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA motion</a>, proposed by RIBA Immediate Past President, Angela Brady, and passed by the RIBA council on March 19 was:</p><p><em>Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13* of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.</em></p><p><em>*UIA's Resolution 13 (2005 and 2009) states that &ldquo;The UIA Council condemns development projects and the construction of buildings on land that has been ethnically purified or illegally appropriated, and projects based on regulations that are ethnically or culturally discriminatory, and similarly it condemns all action contravening the fourth Geneva Convention&rdquo;.</em></p> A cartoon encyclopedia of Tel Aviv's buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-13T15:22:00-05:00 >2014-01-31T13:25:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Israeli designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Avner Gicelter</a> gives loving homage to Tel Aviv's array of architectural styles in his illustrated "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TLV Buildings</a>" project. In the continuing series, Gicelter faithfully represents each building's facade in simple, colorful, almost 8-bit renderings, sometimes retaining small individuating elements such as rooftop gardens or balcony banners. Presented in isolation from their urban context (although titled with their address), the buildings receive equal respect and altogether could form a simple reference guide for Tel Aviv's architecture.&nbsp;Gicelter hopes to update the series weekly with a new illustration.&nbsp;</p> Eyal Weizman on legacy of Ariel 'the bulldozer' Sharon Nam Henderson 2014-01-12T22:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T00:43:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Sharon's architecture involved not only destruction but also construction. The other major projects he undertook, besides the destruction of the camps, was an attempt to "pacify" the refugees by constructing and forcefully relocating a few thousand of them into Israeli-style social housing blocks next to major Palestinian cities".</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the recent news of Ariel Sharon's passing, Eyal Weizman (architect, professor and director of the Forensic Architecture) reviews the legacy of construction and destruction he left behind. As "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daddy of the Settlement movement</a>"&nbsp;his legacy has decisively shaped the built environment of today's Israel and Palestine. For more on his political legacy you can also read Jonathan Cook <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brendan Cormier</a></p> Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute? Archinect 2013-08-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to fill the gap between the broad stroke of policymaking and the reality of life on the ground,&rdquo; says Bar-Sinai, who recently returned to Israel after a yearlong fellowship at Harvard University. &ldquo;Only thinking about these questions from the 30,000 foot high perspective isn&rsquo;t enough.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo</a></p> The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo Archinect 2013-07-26T20:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T15:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As John Kerry was trying to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority late last week, the "Architactics" exhibition opened at the ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery in Tel Aviv Port. This coincidence provides an injection of realism into what, a week earlier, seemed like a series of interesting mental exercises, but far from the present reality. The aim of the exhibition... is to mobilize tools from the world of design and architecture to help to promote the peace talks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is based mainly on a territorial problem, and therefore architects must play a central role in finding its solution," says architect Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, who, together with fellow architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, founded Saya in 2006. Since then, they have been working to shape the nature of the diplomatic solution below the media radar, outside the architectural discourse and away from peace organization conferences.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute?</a></p> The 'starchitect' on Tel Aviv's skyline Richard Meier & Partners 2013-07-24T11:38:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T11:38:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Meier is the last of the New York Five architects to keep working in minimalist white. Now that theme will be towering over Tel Aviv - the American's luxury high-rise is almost finished.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "swing" by JerusaLAB Architecture Archinect 2013-05-01T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T17:56:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Israeli practice JerusaLAB Architecture has sent us a tiny but mighty project titled simply, <em>swing</em>: a seesaw penetrating the massive concrete border fence between Israel and Palestine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "The project claims to portray the possibility for peaceful acts in the Israeli Palestinian environment where face to face relationships are absent," designers Elena Mann and Eldar Gantz explain.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "Placing a swing inside a concrete element of the separation wall is an act that requires a blind cooperation and trust. The work suggest a positive romantic view on a conflictual relationship manifested in concrete borderline disorder."</p> <p> <strong>Project Credits:</strong></p> <p> Architects: Elena Mann &amp; Eldar Gantz<br> JerusaLAB Architecture, Jerusalem</p> <p> Elena Mann is an interdisciplinary designer based in London. Eldar Gantz is an architect/artist based in Jerusalem.</p> Herzog & de Meuron selected to design the National Library of Israel Archinect 2013-04-29T16:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T09:43:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="627" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After extensive discussions, the panel decided to recommend the Swiss office of Herzog &amp; de Meuron to be the architects for the National Library of Israel. The panel, which was already aware of the many significant works of these Pritzker prize laureates, was extraordinarily impressed by the commitment shown by Jacques Herzog &amp; Pierre de Meuron, as well as by the strengths and promise of their architectural approach...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Public architectural competitions in Israel - a double-edged sword? Archinect 2013-03-07T15:29:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T22:12:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design contests are considered a springboard to personal success, but they are nevertheless an inexhaustible source of friction and entanglement, with recurrent complaints over defects and shortcomings, and even corruption.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ‘Fields of Knowledge’ by ShaGa Studio + Auerbach Halevy Architects + Ori Rittenberg (Rotem) Alexander Walter 2013-02-20T19:50:00-05:00 >2013-10-14T12:49:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amsterdam-based firm SHaGa Studio and Israeli design partners Auerbach Halevy Architects [UPDATE: and Ori Rittenberg (Rotem)] have sent us 'Fields of Knowledge,' a design collaboration for a new sustainable education campus in Ramat Efal, Israel. In the competition for the design and construction of the innovative campus, the proposal was shortlisted from over 50 entries and awarded the second prize.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pritzker Winner Eduardo Souto de Moura Honored with Israel’s Prestigious Wolf Prize Alexander Walter 2013-01-03T14:07:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:22:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portuguese architect and 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura was announced today as one of this year's laureates of Israel&rsquo;s prestigious Wolf Prize. Souto de Moura is being honored for his achievements in architecture while other prizes are given to scientists in the fields of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and agriculture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portuguese Architect Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins 2011 Pritzker Prize</a></p> Amos Gitai sets up Israel's first architecture museum in memory of his father Archinect 2012-09-20T16:39:04-04:00 >2012-09-23T20:27:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Famed filmmaker dedicates Haifa space to his father Munio Gitai Weinraub, a 'Bauhaus refugee' who single-handedly changed the city's landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Tel Aviv, Bauhaus rules Alexander Walter 2012-03-30T18:12:00-04:00 >2012-04-07T16:09:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Israel&rsquo;s ages-old city, Jerusalem, is rightly famous for its warm, honey-colored limestone architecture. But its lazily hip rival, Tel Aviv, has lately begun garnering attention for a contrasting &mdash; and equally abundant &mdash; assemblage of cool and creamy Bauhaus buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tel Aviv Museum of Art opens its new Herta and Paul Amir Building tomorrow Alexander Walter 2011-11-01T13:47:40-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tomorrow, November 2, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art will celebrate the public opening of its $55 million Herta and Paul Amir Building. The 195,000-square-foot building adds a visionary work of contemporary architecture to the Museum&rsquo;s campus in the heart of Tel Aviv and provides a new international landmark for Israel&rsquo;s cultural capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also our recent in-depth <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase Feature</a> on the building.</p> ISRAEL: More trying times for Wiesenthal's Museum of Tolerance Archinect 2011-10-04T12:12:22-04:00 >2011-10-04T18:55:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chyutin Architects is threatening to resign after the Wiesenthal Center withheld a scheduled payment over what center officials say is the architect&rsquo;s failure to meet certain contractual obligations on the $100-million project, according to Wiesenthal spokesman Lior Chorev in Jerusalem.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Israel may build artificial island off Gaza Strip coast Paul Petrunia 2011-03-30T19:27:38-04:00 >2011-03-30T19:30:04-04:00 <em><p>Environmentalists says plans, which also include hotels and a marina, are 'complete madness' and warn public to be sceptical</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yisrael Katz, the Israeli minister for transport, said the plan had been under consideration for many months and had been encouraged by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. He said it would also relieve Israel of the obligation to be the transit point for goods into the enclave.</p>