Apologizing

Awards and Competitions

Apologizing

The article on Training Base 1 in AI 83 featured a photo of a skylight of the new cadets' dorms planned by Potash Architects, and not as mentioned. Emitting consideration for the users' needs, the building expresses the changes occurring over recent years in the IDF's building concept in general, and its perception of man in particular.
We are sorry, Shmulik.

Awards and Competitions

Registration for the Project of the Year Competition, held annually by AI and the European Union, will end on March 31th. Architects, designers, landscape architects, students and academics may submit works, planned (built or not) since 2007 on. Details, registration and submission: www.aiq.co.il

Uri Cohen Architects won first place in the competition for the Habad School in Upper Nazareth. Perceived as an 'urban villa', the building expresses Habad's involvement in the life of the community, accessing purpose functions such as library and computer classes for the use of the public. And yes - there's also climate-awareness, expressed, among others, in a 'green' yard assimilating in the topography. Participating architects: Uri Cohen, Ranny Shor and Dalia Munenzon

The winners of the international competition for the Holon municipal domain are: Vera Yanovshtchinsky of BV Architects, Holland; BINT Architects, Holland, and Setter Architects, Israel. The domain includes the new municipality building, service, commerce, and cultural functions. Composed of five structures surrounding a public plaza, the complex will be built near the Design Museum and the Media-tech, as part of the 'Towers in the Avenue' plan. 34 proposals were submitted to the grandiose competition announced in May 2010. Second place went to Ada Karmi-Melamede, and third to Zarhy Architects.

Ada Karmi'-Melamede's proposal is based on a circular topography, creating a (typical) scenic amphitheater with shaded walking paths branching out. The municipal building will break the geometric framework, standing as an independent body in the plaza. Upper bridges and observatory verandas access the domain to the public. 

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem won first place in the annual competition for the Exhale Pavilion at Art Basel Miami Beach, USA. Extending over an area of 3,000 sq. m., the fair - decorated with 10 kms. of phosphorous cables blowing in the wind - offers an interactive experience with video performances and dancing.

Head of the Dept. of Visual Communication at Bezalel - Graphic designer Adi Stern - won the Tokyo Type Directors Club award, for his directive signs at the Holon Design Museum. Selected from 3,200 entries from around the world, the sign work included the design of a new Hebrew font. I'm still waiting for the Hebrew font that will stand proudly beside the English ones.
 
Exhibitions

The Hunger Rush - an exhibition dealing with the human/object relations is taking take place in Hava Gallery, till 3/3/2011. Nehoshet St. corner of Hamelacha, Holon industrial area. Tel: 03-5596590
Curator: Nitza Peri

'Dov Karmi: Architect and Engineer', exhibit at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion of the Tel Aviv Museum, is a good example of how not to organize architecture exhibitions intended for the public. Architecture nowadays enjoys wide public recognition, and people will go to far ends of the earth just to say they have visited at a celeb building. Dov Karmi worked in an era of serious architectural endeavor, resulting in a - better or less - foundation for the post-independence building. The decision to focus mainly on films points to the poverty of exhibited material, which, by the way, can be generously found in the Sharon office archives, inaugurated recently only after the museum had relented at last to look after it.
Curator: Meira Yagid.
Was there and reported: Prof. Siona Shimshi, who furiously claims that the public deserves an  alleviating experience.

No less disappointing is the exhibition of glass artist Dale Chihuly, who came to Israel to design the set of Bartok's opera 'Bluebeard's Castle', and brought along 100 works, including 10 installations. Not that the talented artist has nothing to exhibit, but the Litvak Gallery show looks like a shop for useless glass products. The amateur showing - that the artist himself was involved in - was largely expressed in a chandelier hanging over an aquarium installation at the center of the entrance hall. The ugly chandelier not only impinged on the impressive installation, but also visually blocked the view axis, at the end of which were important exhibits.
Next time, Litvak, pay attention to the details. They say that's where god is.

Relating food to design, the exhibition 'Playing with Food' is showing at the Mishkan Gallery.  Closing: 5/3/2011. Hamishkan Gallery Beit Meirov, 39 Hartzfeld St., Holon. Tel: 03-6516851. 
Curator: Maya Dabash.

Events

Architect Prof. Aryeh Sivan has passed away. Sivan, a member of the AI advisory board, was Head of the Dept. of Interior Design at the Administration College, lecturer at Bezalel, and an active architect. The last building he had planned was the Tapestry Weaving Dept. at Bezalel. 
Our condolences to the family.

Architect Prof. Baruch Baruch - partner at the Baruch-Salamon office and one of the founders of the Dept. of Architecture at the Wizo Haifa Academic Center - has been elected Chairman of the Architects Association. Among the buildings he's planned: the memorial for the fallen of the intelligence community, Holon Media-tech, the synagogue at Kiryat Ye'arim, and the Convention Center at the entrance to Haifa. 
See reference in the editorial.

Students

Graduates of the Architecture and Design Track at Ort Rehovot College were occupied with the conversion of residential buildings into culture functions. Inspired by the adjacent lively market, student Hana Eliyahu converted a typical terrace house in Ashdod into a cooking training center.

Final project of student Sara Forman, of the Industrial Design Track at Ort Singalovsky College, is a soft cat carrier for train rides.

The annual exhibition 'Windows to Dreams', of the Architecture Track at Jerusalem Ort College, showed about 50 projects of graduates and students at the Jerusalem Municipal Gallery.
Curator and head of the track: 
architect Danny Reuveni.

Projects

The School of Administration and Economics at the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College has been inaugurated. Including an auditorium, classes, computer labs, administration, and supporting functions, the building is unique in its having no corridors. The plan is based on two axes - one continuing the campus avenue, and the other - the Dante pedestrian road. Two built masses created accordingly define the public space between them. Located according to functions, secondary courtyards improve the thermal comfort, while maximizing the use of natural sunlight. 
Naama Malis Architecture and Town Planning.
Participating architects: Naama Malis, Orli Tzarfati, Yelena Peli, Rotem Eliav, and Amir Alkofer.

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