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RIBA President Speaks Out Following Institute's Controversial Diplomatic Efforts

00:00 - 9 December, 2014
RIBA President Speaks Out Following Institute's Controversial Diplomatic Efforts, © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
© Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

Stephen Hodder, the current President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has spoken out about a "U-turn" following the proposal of March 19th (passed under past President Angela Brady) condemning the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) for its failure to "resist projects on illegally-occupied land" in the West Bank and Gaza. According to BDOnline, the RIBA has "been forced to abandon its policy [...] after an internal report said it should never have been put to a vote in the first place."

POWERHOUSE - KL Pilates Studio / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
POWERHOUSE - KL Pilates Studio / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects, © Yoav Gurin
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Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners, © Albatross Aerial Perspective
© Albatross Aerial Perspective

© Dana Polo © Dana Polo © Shay Adam © Dana Polo +25

Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 15 November, 2014
Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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HSM House / SO Architecture

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
HSM House / SO Architecture, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yehiam, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier
  • Design Team

    Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier, Alejandro Fajnerman
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel

00:00 - 7 November, 2014
Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel , Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

The Israeli National Library has released images of Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the library’s new home in Jerusalem. The six-story building, awarded to the Swiss practice over five others following an extensive interview process conducted last year, will be built by 2019 on a prominent site at the base of the Knesset building and adjacent to the Israel Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

More image and information about the new library, after the break.

Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects, © Yoav Gurin
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K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio, © Aviad Bar Ness
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© Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg +19

Pernick Academic and Administration Building / Amir Mann- Ami Shinar Architects and Planners

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Pernick Academic and Administration Building  / Amir Mann- Ami Shinar  Architects and Planners, © Aviad Bar Ness
© Aviad Bar Ness

© Aviad Bar Ness © Aviad Bar Ness © Gal Dern © Aviad Bar Ness +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Amir Mann
  • Design Team

    Sivan Ravid-Hecht, Associate Architect in charge, Slavik Chokler, Michal Shalom, Hedya Aharonov.
  • Client

    Shenkar College of Engineering and Design: Prof. Yuli Tamir, President; Dror Kave, CEO.
  • Area

    4250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

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

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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

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

  • 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

The Cubes House / Néstor Sandbank

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

  • Location

    Ramot HaShavim, Israel
  • Project Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Itai Sikolsky

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

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

  • 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

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