White City, Black City
Author: Sharon Rotbard
Publisher: Mit Press
"This is a unique and bold story about architecture that boldly challenges Israeli's national identity politics and the official narrative that was used to construct Tel Aviv's identity, culture, and rhetoric. The narrative goes something like this: the white city of Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 to the immediate North of the walled port city of Jaffa under an urban plan developed by Sir Patrick Geddes, which reflected the most advanced and modern organic planning principles. The buildings of Tel Aviv were designed by Bauhaus architects who were trained in Europe before immigrating to Israel. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the modern movement in a new cultural context. Tel Aviv became Israel's foremost economic and metropolitan nucleus and has always been considered one of the outstanding examples of innovative town-planning ideas of the first part of the 20th century. This book shows how Tel Aviv's tale of a modernist 'white city' that 'emerged from the dunes' and gained international recognition when it was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003 hides behind its skyline the story of a city whose history has been buried. White City, Black City offers a new narrative, in which Tel Aviv is born in Jaffa and is shaped according to its conflict with Jaffa, thus influencing the fate of Palestine, Israel and the Middle East. This new urban parable is not only about architecture, building and writing, but also at its heart about war, destruction, erasure, and the erasure of the erasure. as Joana Gonen, wrote in time out, "White City, Black City" is not a book about architecture. It is a political text written in clear language, under the cover of a book on architecture... one of the most radical texts published in Hebrew in recent years"--
White City, Black City
Author: Sharon Rotbard
Publisher: Pluto Press
'White City, Black City' focuses on two interconnected narratives woven into the first Hebrew city of Tel Aviv. Firstly it is an analysis of the process by which the image of the White City was created – a fabricated, invented image, intended to tie in with an arc that attaches national meaning to the city's existence and to reinforce it. The second story lies underneath: the story of the 'Black City'. Rotbard reveals the wiping out of the Arab city of Jaffa and the inclusion of its wretched remnants within the borders of the Hebrew city. The white Tel Aviv exists in those places where the black Jaffa does not, and vice versa. The book is a harsh indictment of the destruction and obliteration process, and it is critical of the lack of awareness and the denial that go hand in hand with this destruction. This book promises to become the central text on Tel Aviv – it's publication in Hebrew was hailed as 'pathbreaking' and a 'masterpiece'.
Tel-Aviv's modern movement
Author: Nitsa Szmuk, Bitan Helena Rubinshṭain le-omanut bat zemanenu
Author: Maoz Azaryahu
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Founded in 1909 as a garden suburb of the Mediterranean port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv soon became a model of Jewish self-rule and was celebrated as a jewel in the crown of Hebrew revival. Over time the city has transformed into a lively metropolis, renowned for its architecture and culture, openness and vitality. A young city about to celebrate its 100th anniversery, the mythic Tel Aviv continues to represent a fundamental idea that transcends the physical texture of the city and the everyday experiences of its residents. Combining historical approach and cultural analysis, Maoz Azaryahu explores the different myths that have been part of the vernacular and perception of the city. He relates Tel Aviv's mythology to its physicality through buildings, streets, personal experiences, and municipal policies. With critical insight, he evaluates specific myths and their propagation in the spheres of both official and popular culture. Aviv: The First Hebrew City assesses Tel Aviv as Zionist vision and seed of the actual city; Non-Stop City depicts trendy, global post-Zionist Tel Aviv; and The White City describes Tel Aviv's architectural landscape, created in the 1930s and imbued with nostalgia and local prestige. Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City will appeal to urban geographers, cultural historians, scholars of myth, and students of Israeli society and culture.
Bauhaus Tel Aviv
Author: Nahoum Cohen
Israeli architecture was and is still influenced by the International Style, and specifically by the Bauhaus school, with some local modifications. The Bauhaus approach to design began permeating into what was then Palestine under the British Mandate, and developed quickly and strongly in the emerging state of Israel. The International Style was introduced into the country by young architects, many of German extraction, some of whom had trained or taught at the Bauhaus, most of whom came with their families to escape Nazism. Others came from Russia and Poland, competing their studies in Europe, absorbing the then emerging ideas of the International Style. The will to build a new society, uninfluenced by older European traditions caught on readily, and the simple forms of the Bauhaus were applied. Tel Aviv contains up to 1000 buildings in the Bauhaus idiom, designed using simple geometry, usually inexpensive buildings on small, regular parcels of land. The technology was simple; using plastered and stuccoed block and concrete construction in a country lacking the elaboration of more traditional and expensive materials. This book describes a heritage that is only now being conserved and appreciated.
A Place in History
Author: Barbara E. Mann
Publisher: Stanford University Press
A Place in History is a cultural study of Tel Aviv, Israel's population center and one of the original settlements, established in 1909. The book describes how a largely European Jewish immigrant society attempted to forge a home in the Mediterranean, and explores the difficulties and challenges of this endeavor.
Young Tel Aviv
Fascinating revisionist history of Jewish life in Tel Aviv in the Mandate era
Author: Judith Turner
First emerging at the beginning of the twentieth century, architectural reconstruction has increasingly become an instrument to visually revive a long bygone past. This book deals with the phenomenon of meticulous reconstruction in architecture. It argues that the politics of reconstruction go far beyond aesthetic considerations. Taking architecture as a major source of history and regional identity, the impact of large-scale reconstruction is deeply intertwined with political and social factors. Furthermore, memories and associations correlated with lost buildings of a bygone era are heavily influenced by their re-appearance, something which often contradicts historical events. Reconstruction has become an established way of building and dealing with the past, yet so far, there is no comprehensive scientific study on it. By bringing together eight case studies from Eastern Europe, France, Spain, China, Japan, Israel and Brazil, it provides valuable insights into this topic. The chapters analyse the political background of the reconstructions and identify the protagonists. In doing so, this volume adds to our understanding of the impact of reconstruction to memory and oblivion, as well as the critical power of reconstruction regarding contemporary architecture and urbanism.
Tel Aviv Stories
Author: Ashley Rindsberg
"Tel Aviv is a place of contradiction, an urban dream of the Middle East where sleek European cafes sit beneath stone minarets; where Berlin-style hipsters sip coffee next to black-hatted rabbis; where charity, sex, conflict and controversy overflow the streets. In Tel Aviv Stories, Israel's "White City" is revealed. Through a tale of city madness in Spinoza Street, and the beggar's comedy, On Allenby; telling the secrets of an "urban witch" in White Hair Woman and showing the still-life of a young immigrant family in Mother, Father, Child; in the tragedy of twinhood in the novella Rivkah & Rebecca, and by tracing the footsteps of a lost life in Little Old Lady With the Flowers; and in a personal story of exile in Night of Grief, author Ashley Rindsberg gives outsiders entree into a strange world of Russian street virtuosos, flower selling whores, polyglot bums and the "Backwards Rabbi," as well as the middle-class immigrants and children of wealth who people Israel's tangled urban heart.""
Author: Judith Turner, Jewish Museum, Muzeʼon
The Architecture of Neoliberalism pursues an uncompromising critique of the neoliberal turn in contemporary architecture. This book reveals how a self-styled parametric and post-critical architecture serves mechanisms of control and compliance while promoting itself, at the same time, as progressive. Spencer's incisive analysis of the architecture and writings of figures such as Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, Rem Koolhaas, and Greg Lynn shows them to be in thrall to the same notions of liberty as are propounded in neoliberal thought. Analysing architectural projects in the fields of education, consumption and labour, The Architecture of Neoliberalism examines the part played by contemporary architecture in refashioning human subjects into the compliant figures - student-entrepreneurs, citizen-consumers and team-workers - requisite to the universal implementation of a form of existence devoted to market imperatives.
DIY Tel Aviv
Author: Shimrit Elisar
Publisher: DIY Tel Aviv
Full of local knowledge and unique insights into Israeli life, DIY Tel Aviv is the city guide that starts where other guides end. With this guide you'll cover the basics, but also easily discover the city's world-famous alternative scene. Underground clubs, punk venues, hole in the wall restaurants and hipster cafés are all inside, plus many more locations, activities, and attractions. DIY Tel Aviv is also the only city guide that dedicates an entire chapter to environmental, social and political activism and features information about volunteering opportunities in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Palestinian territories. 100% independent and advertising-free, this is the only Tel Aviv guide that updates once a year, keeping up with the city's notoriously fast-paced scene. Brutally honest, irreverent and fun, DIY Tel Aviv has been named "the Tel Aviv bible" by readers and is full of information previously unavailable in English. Designed for independent travelers, backpackers, expats, students and anyone interested in alternative and DIY culture, this is the perfect guide for you if you want to experience Tel Aviv like a true local.