Competitions and Prizes
Prize for Architecture was awarded this year to architect Ada
Karmi-Melamede, for her design of the Arison
and the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Roy and Addar Secker
received the Young Architects Award for their design of the renovated library
on the same campus. Karmi-Melamede received 25,000 NIS and the Secker brothers - 10,000 NIS.
Architect Thom Mayne, one of the leaders of the extreme Post-Modern
movement in Los Angeles,
is this year’s recipient of the Pritzker Prize for
Architecture. His outstanding buildings usually express an eclectic assemblage
of shapes and contents that include protruding forms, curved walls and leaping
elevators. Mayne has described his own architecture
as idiosyncratic. What interests him is a multi-layered architecture
reflecting a multi-faced society, where there is no one beauty ideal.
van der Rohe Prize for
Architecture was awarded this year to Rem Koolhaas for his design of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. Koolhaas, who is aware that form is what ultimately
receives prizes, is wise enough to declare that he is more interested in the
architectural programme, which he describes as the
'motor of architecture'. The prize was 50 thousand Euros.
Magen David Square
in Tel-Aviv has renewed its days as a friendly and accessible public domain,
following renovation by Kertesz-Groag Architects, and
Farhi-Tzafrir Architects. The project, which relieved
the junction of the oppressive traffic at the intersection of five streets, is
the first stage of the plan to renew the Tel-Aviv Carmel Market. The work
involved new pavements, trees, benches and a new lighting system.
The Israel Standards Institute
will aid America
in preparing a series of standards for emergency escape from tall buildings.
The new standards will include better access for rescue units, outdoor
(private) elevators and sliding shafts. Sliding from the 300th floor is not
pleasant, yet better than jumping.
Five Templar houses built in the Kirya, in the late 19th century, are 'moving
house' to enable the widening of Kaplan
Street in Tel-Aviv. The complex and expensive
engineering operation, which moved the buildings only 20 meters, makes one
wonder if the simpler possibility of rerouting the street in the plan had ever
occurred to the authorities.
- the Movement for Urban Renewal is exhibiting works that express its desire to
increase empathy towards the built environment. The 15 projects, chosen from
over 25, include built projects as well as theoretical ideas - some of which
are student projects. The event will take place from May 19 to May 27 at the
Pitman building on Balfour St.
Curator: architect Dr. Ami Ran.
The exhibition 40/40 for young
architects, will take place in the Architects Gallery in Jaffa, between May
19 and June 23.
Curator: architect Hanan Pomegrin.
The Exhibition of artist Dan Reisinger is currently on at the Museum
of Applied Arts in Budapest. Born in Yugoslavia,
the well- known 70 year old artist arrived in Israel
in 1949, after surviving the war in Hungary. In 1998 he received the
Israel Prize for Design. His work includes drawings, graphics and building
Verging on Architecture
Aluminum in Lace, designer Alon Razgurs current project
exhibits new applications in aluminum.
The first mall in the city of Givatayim
was recently inaugurated. The large building, which spans 92,000sqm, includes
three commercial floors, two office floors and three underground parking
levels. The structure joins Weitzman and Rabin Streets by three separate
entrances at different levels.
Project architect: Leora Rinat-Angel
The David Azrieli
Prize for outstanding final projects in schools of architecture was awarded to Technion graduate Shachaf Zait, for his project 'Saliv'
that deals with the space formed between buildings, within the urban fabric.
Second place was granted to Liran and Nitzan Chechik of Tel-Aviv
University, for their project 'Independence
Park in Jerusalem',
which earlier received the Architecture of Israel prize for creative thinking.
Third prize went to Dror Rimok
from Wizo Institute in Haifa, for the design of a complex of
Prize for Excellence, awarded only within the Technion
Faculty of Architecture, was received by architect Alon
Zohar who planned a medical center for cancer
patients. The project creates a friendly environment connecting indoors to
outdoors, allowing the patient to control his level of privacy. Alon dedicated the project to his late mother who died of
cancer six months ago. Instructors: Moshe Tzur, Shmaaya Zarfati.
Second place was awarded to
architect Tehila Magiar for
her project 'Stitch Belt', which aims at reconnecting the beach to
the city of Tel Aviv
in an area where hotels have blocked it out. Instructors: Amir
Mann, Hamutal Gurevitch- Alonim.
The book David Reznik - a Retrospective was recently published. There are
two chapters: the first is dedicated to a detailed description of projects; the
second places Reznik within local and international
context. David Reznik, whose work includes the Kennedy Center
and the Mormon University
in Jerusalem, is one of Israels