Constructing a Sense of Place: Architecture and the Zionist Discourse (Design and the Built Environment Series)

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While it is widely recognized that architects and their architecture play a key role in constructing a sense of place, the inherent nexus between an architectural ideology and the production of national space and place has so far been neglected. Focusing on the Zionist ideology, this book brings together practising architects and academics to critically examine the role of architects, architecture and spatial practices as mediators between national ideology and the politicization of space.

The book first of all sets out the wider context of theoretical debates concerning the role of architecture in the process of constructing a sense of place then divides into six main sections. The book not only provides an innovative new perspective on how the Israeli state had developed, but also sheds light on how architecture shapes national identity in any post-colonial and settler state.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754634270
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Design and the Built Environment Series
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction : whose order, whose planning? 3
1 Contested zionism - alternative modernism : Erich Mendelsohn and the Tel Aviv Chug in mandate Palestine 17
2 The flight of the camel : the Levant Fair of 1934 and the creation of a situated modernism 52
3 Mold 76
4 Horizontal ideology, vertical vision : Oscar Niemeyer and Israel's height dilemma 89
5 Trapped sense of peripheral place in frontier space 119
6 The political construct of the 'everyday' : the role of housing n marking place and identify 136
7 Urban iconoclasm : the case of the 'mixed city' of Lod 165
8 Planning to conquer : modernity and its antinomies in the 'new-old Jaffa' 192
9 Academia and spatial control : the case of the Hebrew University Campus on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 227
10 Re-placing memory 247
11 Geometrical wounds : the work of Zvi Hecker in Israel, 1990 and 2000 264
12 On belonging and spatial planning in Israel 285
13 Fragile guardians : nature reserves and forests facing Arab villages 303
14 A moment of change : transformations in Israeli architectural consciousness following the 'Israeli pavilion' exhibition 329
Index 352
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