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Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

01:00 - 2 September, 2014
Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio, © Aviad Bar-Ness
© Aviad Bar-Ness

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Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 3, “The Architecture of Violence”

00:00 - 2 September, 2014

The third episode of Al Jazeera’s “Rebel Architecture” series takes us on a journey through the settlements and roads of the West Bank with London-based, Israeli architect, academic and writer, Eyal Weizman. In the 25-minute episode, Weizman shows the key role of architecture in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and talks about his latest project, Forensic Architecture, which uses damage to buildings as evidence for war crimes. 

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Savyon House / Michal Sheffer, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein

© Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein +21

The Porter School of Environmental Studies / Geotectura + Chen Architects + Axelrod Grobman Architects

01:00 - 11 August, 2014
The Porter School of Environmental Studies / Geotectura + Chen Architects + Axelrod Grobman Architects, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein

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Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein
  • Architects

  • Location

    Arye De Modena Street 17, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Lead Architect

    Hila Berger, Shay Naim
  • Main Supplier

    Layish Metal Industries LTD
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein +15

The Cubes House / Néstor Sandbank

01:00 - 6 July, 2014
The Cubes House  / Néstor Sandbank , © Itai Sikolsky
© Itai Sikolsky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ramot HaShavim, Israel
  • Project Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Itai Sikolsky

© Itai Sikolsky © Itai Sikolsky © Itai Sikolsky © Itai Sikolsky +28

Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse, Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects
Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects

Studio PEZ along with Zarhy Architects have won the international competition to design the District Courthouse Complex in Jerusalem, Israel. The new 40,000 sqm complex, which will contain all court facilities (aside from the supreme court), will act as a “new landmark in Jerusalem," according to Daniel Zarhy and Pedro Peña Jurado of Studio PEZ.

Their winning proposal - "City of Justice" - was praised by the jury for being "alive, interesting, and [...] designed with much attention to detail." By re-interpreting the courthouse typology and dividing the program into different masses, the architects not only avoided a monolithic appearance and achieved a human scale, but also allowed for phase-by-phase project execution, an aspect which was favoured by the jury.

The District Courthouse is a part of a current construction boom in the capital, which includes a new high-rise tower by Daniel Libeskind and the National Library by Herzog & De Meuron. More images, drawings, and the architects' description after the break...

Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects +18

Open and Transparent to The City / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Open and Transparent to The City / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Ran M. Broides
  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Ran M. Broides , Nurit Ben Yosef and Irene Goldberg
  • Area

    680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +34

RIBA Drops Israel Motion, Sets Up Global Ethics Group in Response to Controversy

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
RIBA Drops Israel Motion, Sets Up Global Ethics Group in Response to Controversy, The original motion by RIBA was a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
The original motion by RIBA was a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has dropped their controversial proposal to ban the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the umbrella organization the International Union of Architects (UIA). Intended as a sanction against the IAUA for failing to "resist projects on illegally-occupied land," supporters of the proposal had hoped it would be discussed at the UIA World Congress in Durban in August, however the UIA has confirmed that it will not include the motion as it is beyond their 'political scope'.

In response to the highly controversial episode - which garnered criticism both in the UK and as far afield as the United States - the RIBA has announced a new working group that will "consider the institute’s role in engaging with communities facing civil conflict and natural disaster."

More on the decision by the UIA and the new RIBA Ethics Group after the break

Publication: "The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living"

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Publication: "The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living", © Sternthal Books
© Sternthal Books

Written to accompany the minimal exhibition of the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, “The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living” tells the story of the Urburb, a built condition which is neither urban nor suburban, that dominates the contemporary Israeli landscape. Edited by Architect Ori Scialom and Dr. Roy Brand, the book brings together architectural photography and photographs of the installation interspersed amongst theoretical texts and short stories which address the cultural, political, and social aspects of the “Urburban” way of life. Learn more about the book, published by Sternthal Books, here.

Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Israel is a country that was built with modernism as its guide. It flourished in a particular way and resulted in a unique architectural landscape, not only in terms of singular buildings, but also in the way in which the territory itself was planned. Anti-urban in essence, the Sharon Plan from 1951 gave birth to more than 400 new towns scattered across the territory.

This new landscape -a tabula rasa- evolved into a variety of patterns and forms, a landscape that is neither Urban nor Suburban.

“Urburb” is the title of the Israeli exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Within the pavilion, a constant robotic performance traces the patterns that resulted from the Sharon plan in the sand, only to erase them after a few minutes and then draw them again. It is a performance that makes one think about the future of new settlements and the possibilities of robotic construction.

The exhibition is curated by Ori Scialom, Dr. Roy Brand, Keren Yeala Golan and Edith Kofsky.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +13

B.S.R 3 / Yashar Architects

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
B.S.R 3 / Yashar Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kinneret Street 5, Bnei Brak, Israel
  • Design Team

    Avner Yashar, Yoav Michael, Tsahi Shibi
  • Area

    41400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +28

AIANY Denounces RIBA's Israel Motion

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
AIANY Denounces RIBA's Israel Motion, The motion by RIBA is a response to architecture's role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
The motion by RIBA is a response to architecture's role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

The New York chapter of the AIA has officially voiced its objection to a proposal by the RIBA to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the International Union of Architects (UIA). A letter drafted by AIANY President Lance Jay Brown and Chief Executive Rick Bell, and unanimously approved by AIANY's board of directors, states that "the UIA's stated goal is to unite the architects of the world without any form of discrimination", and refers to the proposal to suspend the IAUA as "directly antithetical to the purpose of the much appreciated umbrella organization".

The original proposal by the RIBA, adopted on March 19th, condemns the IAUA for its failure to "resist projects on illegally-occupied land" in the West Bank and Gaza, and calls on the UIA to suspend the body until it "acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13."

Read on for more on the controversial backstory to the RIBA's motion

V House / Paz Gersh Architects

01:00 - 29 March, 2014
V House    / Paz Gersh Architects, © Amit Giron
© Amit Giron

© Itay Sikolsky © Itay Sikolsky © Amit Giron © Itay Sikolsky +21

Venice Biennale 2014: Israel Explores The Urburb, a Neither Urban nor Suburban Landscape

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Israel Explores The Urburb, a Neither Urban nor Suburban Landscape, New neighbourhoods in Netanya. Image © Itamar Grinberg / The Israeli Pavilion 2014
New neighbourhoods in Netanya. Image © Itamar Grinberg / The Israeli Pavilion 2014

Neither urban nor suburban, the Urburb is a fragmented mosaic of one hundred years of modernist planning in Israel: early twentieth century garden-cities, mid-century social housing and generic, high-rise residential typologies of the past two decades. These residential mutations dominate the contemporary Israeli landscape, expanding and replacing existing textures, in an endless, repetitive cycle.

High rise residential buildings in Jerusalem. Image © Gili Merin / The Israeli Pavilion 2014 A contemporary Ville Radieuse: "Hadera Park" by Mann-Shinar Architects 2010. Image by Oren Eldar / The Israeli Pavilion Printing on sand . Image © Edith Kofsky / The Israeli Pavilion 2014 Construction site, Netanya. Image © Edith Kofsky / The Israeli Pavilion 2014 +10

Float House / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Float House / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed, Irene Goldberg
  • Site Area

    2000 sqm
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +29

House Between 2 Gardens / Pitsou Kedem Architects

19:00 - 24 February, 2014
House Between 2 Gardens / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ramat HaSharon, Israel
  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Nurit ben Yosef
  • Site Area

    1000 sqm
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +29

Topolopompo Fire Kitchen / Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture Ltd

01:00 - 27 January, 2014
Topolopompo Fire Kitchen / Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture Ltd, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +22