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Author Roṭbard, Sharon, author.

Title White city, black city : architecture and war in Tel Aviv and Jaffa / Sharon Rotbard ; translated from Hebrew: Orit Gat.

Published Cambridge, MA : Mit Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  956.948 ROTB    AVAILABLE
Uniform title ʻIr levanah, ʻir sheḥorah. English
Edition MIT Press edition.
Physical description 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-228) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. I WHITE CITY -- Book of Paper, Book of Stone -- Writers and Builders -- The White City exhibition -- The Invention of Normality -- Conservation -- Whitened City -- White Lies -- Round Corners -- Good Old Eretz Israel -- Whiter than White City -- Built on Dunes -- pt. II BLACK CITY -- The Black Patch -- War -- Fleeing Jaffa -- Bypassing Manshieh -- Spatial Contradiction -- ̀Those Polish of the Orient' -- Separation -- British 1930s -- Urbicide -- Cleansing -- Jaffa -- Tel Aviv -- An Occupied City -- Hebraized City -- The Big Zone -- Antique Jaffa -- Green Dunes -- Raping the Bride of the Sea -- The Orange Route -- The Children of Jaffa -- The Menorah -- pt. III WHITE CITY, BLACK CITY AND A RAINBOW -- Uncritical Modernists -- Blue and White -- Multicultural City -- AFTERWORD.
Summary "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"--
Subject Tel Aviv (Israel) -- History.
Tel Aviv (Israel) -- Architecture.
ISBN 9780262527729 (paperback: alk. paper)