HSM House / SO Architecture

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Architects: SO Architecture
Location: Yehiam,
Architect In Charge: Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier
Design Team: Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier, Alejandro Fajnerman
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

© Yoav Gurin

Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yoav Gurin

K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

© Aviad Bar Ness

Architects: Arbejazz Architecture Studio
Location: -Yafo,
Interior Design: Adi Wainberg (Arbejazz architecture studio).
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aviad Bar Ness, Adi Wainberg

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

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Architects: Amir Mann- Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
Location: Ramat Gan,
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
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar Ness, Gal Dern

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

The third episode of ’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…

Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

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Architects: Henkin Shavit Studio
Location: Jaffa, ,
Architect In Charge: Henkin Irit, Shavit Zohar
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar-Ness

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

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Architects: Michal Sheffer
Location: ,
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

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

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Architects: Geotectura, Chen Architects, Axelrod Grobman Architects
Location: University, , 6997801, Israel
Architect In Charge: Dr. Joseph Cory, Dr. Yasha Grobman, Nir Chen
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects

© Shai Epstein

Architects: Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects
Location: Arye De Modena Street 17, Tel Aviv,
Lead Architect: Hila Berger, Shay Naim
Main Supplier: Layish Metal Industries LTD
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

The Cubes House / Néstor Sandbank

© Itai Sikolsky

Architects: Néstor Sandbank
Location: Ramot HaShavim,
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Itai Sikolsky

Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse

Courtesy of Studio PEZ and

Studio PEZ along with Zarhy Architects have won the international competition to design the District Courthouse Complex in Jerusalem, . 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…

Open and Transparent to The City / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Architect In Charge: Ran M. Broides
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Ran M. Broides , Nurit Ben Yosef and Irene Goldberg
Area: 680.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Amit Geron

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 . 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 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”

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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 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

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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 , Dr. Roy Brand, Keren Yeala Golan and Edith Kofsky.

B.S.R 3 / Yashar Architects

© Amit Geron

Architects: Yashar Architects
Location: Kinneret Street 5, Bnei Brak,
Design Team: Avner Yashar, Yoav Michael, Tsahi Shibi
Area: 41,400 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Amit Geron

AIANY Denounces RIBA’s Israel Motion

The motion by RIBA is a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of . 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

© Amit Giron

Architects: Paz Gersh Architects
Location: , Israel
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Amit Giron, Itay Sikolsky