Architects Ruth Lahav, Toni Rig, and Prof. Len Warshaw received the 2004 David Azrieli Award for Urban Planning, in coordination with the Council for Beautiful Israel, for their building in the Beer Sheva government complex. The 100,000 NIS prize was awarded for the second time, in a festive ceremony hosting architect Santiago Calatrava. According to the judge panel 'the project creates a positive urban change in the pedestrian street connecting the train station and the municipality building'. The building is a link in a chain of public buildings funded by commercial lots (the architects are not to blame).

The 2005 Wolf Art Award will be awarded this year to architect Jean Nouvel. The $100,000 prize will be awarded to Nouvel, as 'his works express the unique encounter between the buildings purpose and its context, beyond expressing his individual style'. Thats the way things should be, in comparison to Calatrava, Gehry, and Libeskind, whose works are easily identified from a distance.


The annual Holiday of Holidays winter festival, which takes place outdoors in the alleys of Wadi Nisnas in Haifa, every weekend in December, is an authentic spectacular event that should be adopted in other places too. This is thanks to Haifa Arabs who wholeheartedly host the many visitors in their wonderful shops and market stalls, in ways known only to them. A coexistence well done!

The Building Permission by Permitted Architects bill initiated by architect Israel Goodovitch with Knesset members Michael Gurlovski and David Azulai (who initiated the beach bill), has passed its first reading in the Knesset. The bill grants architects who have at least five years proven experience, the authority to authorize plans based on the information file and a valid municipal masterplan. Only once the bill had been phrased did the Association of Independent Architects and the Architects Association jump on Goodovitchs bandwagon to join the initiative. It seems also hitchhikers can go far.

Prof. Arza Churchman has replaced Prof. Edna Shaviv as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Technion. Architect Hillel Schocken was appointed Head of the School of Architecture at Tel Aviv University, replacing Prof. Moshe Margalit. Good Luck.

The annual Landscape Architects Conference took place in December 2004, under the title 'Landscape as a Multi- Disciplinary System'. The main message was that the landscape should be perceived as a dynamic complex system demanding a holistic outlook comprised of all environmental, social, engineering, and economic aspects. A successful event.


The Association for New Israeli Urbanism has announced the opening of an exhibition of works epitomizing its guiding principle: to produce a harmonious, well-balanced, sustainable urban environment. The exhibition will be displayed at the organization establishment conference in May, and will represent Israel in international conferences - this June in Pasadena California, and in the following September in Berlin. Projects may be submitted by 03/03/05 to MIU Tel Aviv offices.

Curator: Dr. Ami Ran. Participation fees are minimal.

An exhibition of contemporary Norwegian architecture was displayed in the Jerusalem Shimshon Center, in coordination with the Architects Association and the Norwegian Embassy. The works exemplified the current trend in Norwegian architecture of returning to the Modernistic code, adopting clean basic geometric facades.


Modern Architecture 1927/2002 - the International Style - an exhibition displayed in Wizo Haifa College of Design, sought to reveal the fate of projects first presented in the first Werkbund exhibition which took place in Stuttgart in 1927. Among the projects were Mies van der Rohes Wohnhaus in Guben, Gropius Bauhaus and Fagus building in Dessau, and Le Corbusiers Pavillion de LEsprit.

Curator: Karin Kirsch.

Fourth year student Amichai Cohen, from the Academic Institute of Technology, Holon, was chosen to exhibit his works in the Biennale of Israeli Ceramics currently showing at the Museum for Eretz Israel, Tel Aviv. Among the works displayed are a number of stools designed by Cohen, under the instruction of ceramicists Eylon Armon and Shulamit Bauman. The exhibition will be open till the end of February. Some stools are still available.

The final project of Galit Ochayoun from the College of Administrations Interior Design School, proposes an observation tower above the Reading bridge, so that pedestrians will not simply cross the Yarkon river without stopping to take a look at the refreshing view. Shes right, her ideas worth implementing.

The Jerusalem College for Engineers headed by architect Dan Reuveni sent in a number of works by their best students. Here are two of them:

Ihab Zins 450 sqm 4-unit residential building, in the Talbieh area of Jerusalem, utilizes available materials in a vernacular language. The apartments, which differ in size, concentrate around a shared courtyard, with maximum exposure to the view and sunlight. Sounds fun.

Rami Shaltiel planned a community center in Rehavia - a quiet Jerusalem neighborhood, which developed mainly between 1930 to 1960. The new building transmits a refreshing dynamicity that distinguishes it from surrounding residential buildings.


Artist Orna Ben Ami is currently showing her sensitive project 'Open House' in the Hiboorim-tech exhibition at Teffen Open Museum. The work exhibits her ability to convey soft social issues through hard materials.

Artist Evie Polig has produced a statue that will speak to you no matter how you turn it over.


'Color in Educational Facilities - Theory and Practice' - a book intended to inform architects and decision makers on the didactic use of colors within the educational space. Writer of the book, Dr. Rachel Zeba, of the Technion Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, contends that students erroneous understanding of color will inevitably influence other areas of their lives.

Edited by Zvia Ortner of the Unit for Designing of School Buildings.


A fire broke out in Paris in May 2002, destroying the Israel Embassy that resided in a 19th century building. In spite of the great harm done, the disaster granted the Israeli Foreign Ministry a fine opportunity to update the 1970s embassy to current needs. The main problem the architects encountered was that, according to the Paris municipality rules, the buildings mantle had to be conserved, while the interior had to be adjusted in line with strict defense requirements. Hence the mantle was reconstructed by a local architect, while the interior was redesigned by Israeli architects Knafo-Klimor. The main features of the new building are two glass boxes: one demarcates the new protected entrance, the other - the two new additional floors.

Architect: Knafo-Klimor Architects.

Coordinating architect: Jan Jack Ory.

Thats it for now,


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