Prizes and competitions
York-based Israeli architect Michael Arad has won the design competition for
the September 11 memorial. At the centre of his proposal are two square pools
with water drizzling down walls to symbolize the emptiness left by the tragedy.
The site, located ten meters below ground level, is accessible via an
underground passage. Landscape architect Peter Walker joined
Leon Reiskin Prize for Architectural Excellence at the Technion Faculty of
Architecture was awarded to the graduate Israel Rivkin. The panel of judges,
chaired by Prof. Moshe Tzur held that in the absence of detailed criteria for
the prize, none of the projects participated exhibited the excellence deserving
of first place. The student was awarded second prize and plans are underway to
establish criteria for the future. Rivkins project suggested transforming
A competition to extend and remodel the Free Library of Philadelphia, with a "symbolic" budget of one hundred million US dollars was won by architect Moshe Safdie, leaving behind well-known architects such as Norman Foster, Cesar Pelli and Ten Arquitectos.
the first Arab art museum in
A new Israeli Standard (IS 2413) aims to evaluate and improve buildings resistance to earthquakes, and for once building design issues are taken into account. The standard focuses on thickening walls, columns and floors. Lets take this opportunity to suggest writing some standards for architectural quality, professional ethics and prohibiting Mifal Hapais (lottery) from placing its ugly big signs on buildings. Enough is enough!
– the fourth in a series of "Merhav" exhibits by the
Architectural Association is open until 25/3/04 at the Architects House
Curator: Architect Shlomo Shafrir.
open theatre has always been an integral part of Mediterranean architecture.
Nowadays, when people tend to remain in closed spaces, the amphitheater in
Landscape architect Gideon Sarig.
Stage and Shell architect: Nettanel Ben-Itzhak.
Structural Engineer: Mark Gelberg.
residence and employment center owned by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare houses 200 mentally
retarded patients, of varying
disability. Built around a covered
interior courtyard, the expanded campus includes a dining room, activity rooms
and meeting areas. The new building, which takes advantage of the natural
slope, uses colors and shapes as guiding elements through the spaces. The
residential clusters, house seven or eight people who function as supporting
"families". The project won the
Architecture, landscape and interior design: G.L. Guttman Architects - Gert Guttmann, Nick Simeonov design), Elka Golomb, Dina Yaari, Tzvika Levy.
Park Dahan for Unity,
Landscape Architects: Alisa Braudo, Ruth Maoz – Landscape Architecture Ltd.
Building Architect: Nava Choshen.
Entrance Tunnel to the
Archeological Park, the
Design: Dorit Harel, Designers.
On THE VERGE OF ARCHITECTURE
Environmental artist Ido Elgavish claims that functional art should be distinguished from sensual art. While sensual art need not be functional - an artistic element provides functional items with added value. Example of his philosophy: the work "Prayer". We are with you.
The Architectural Department of the Judea and Samaria College has finally achieved accreditation by the Architects and Engineers Registrar – after slight intervention by Minister Ehud Olmert. The registrars meddling into the schools of architecture syllabus with his professional committees is in itself a scandal and a "new" job for the recently elected Architects Association committee. The Faculty, headed by one the countrys leading architects, Prof. Saadia Mandl , is not inferior to any other in Israel. 150 graduates have completed their studies in a campus that is politically distant yet shares the same area code as Tel Aviv University. For example, the final project of fifth year students Reut Zakay and Keren Greenbaum–Melamed, provides a new cultural center for the city of Holon that incorporates an art academy, entertainment hall, childrens activity center, commercial space, restaurants, art galleries and student residences. Let them study in peace.
A light project and exhibit was held in the art and interior design department at the Jordan Valley College. The exhibit displayed three-dimensional objects that express the important relationship between light and architecture.
Curator: Irit Farjun.
An initiative of Tel Aviv Universitys Faculty of Architecture – "Machbar Studio" –provides planning, supervision and consultation services for community projects. The purpose of this studio is to encourage social initiatives by developing physical nodes. Projects are designed, operated and built by the students and teachers with close involvement of members of the community. The students are currently busy with improving two elementary schools in Beit Shemesh.
The thesis project of student Abed Badran, from the Department of Architecture at WIZO Academy in Haifa, deals with "urban upgrading of the Arab Village". Badran, who criticizes the Westernization of the Arab village in recent decades, suggests viewing the village as a traditional system of associations free of outside influence. Badran addresses the problem of Arab planners who suffer from lack of confidence when facing contemporary architecture. He suggests strengthening traditional elements such as the courtyard, orchard, street and home. Abeds project won second place in the student competition for school design. His research project was among the finalists in the Berkeley Price Competition in cooperation with UNESCO and the Barcelona Forum.
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