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Case for Curiosity / Itai Palti

Case for Curiosity / Itai Palti

For his degree project for the Bartlett School of Architecture, Itai Palti explored the integration of the role of imagination in the context of national reconciliation.  Based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the proposed film studio + public square focuses on the Jewish-Arab relationship in Israel.

Check out more images of his great model and more information about the project after the break.

The investigation has roots in the Hebrew festival of Sukkot, an exercise in imagination of displacement.  This tradition serves as the model for two strands of imaginary wandering: one through the calculated physical obstruction of an environment and the other as an illusory wandering.

Fusing this idea with architecture, Palti studied the physical and visual permeability of the public square. The film studios and the square become “a series of visual catalysts for the imagination of new narratives.”

“The public is drawn to a constantly evolving space that engages and exercises natural curiosity, and imagining the other,” explained the designer.

To study the ‘visual catalyst’, Palti used a permeascope, a viewing device designed to obscure and abstract the environment.  By removing, separating or blurring different elements, a new visual perception was used as a “catalysts for curiosity”, which was then developed into an architectural language.

Image through a Permeascope
Image through a Permeascope

Photography by Richard Stonehouse.

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Case for Curiosity / Itai Palti" 02 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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