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WHITE CITY, BLACK CITY: ARCHITECTURE AND WAR IN TEL AVIV AND JAFFA. Translation; originally published in Hebrew by Babel, Tel Aviv, 2005. Sharon Rotbard. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015. 254 pp. with 103 ills. 21 x 14 cm. LC 2014-45554 ISBN 9780262527729 In English.
Publisher's description: In 2004, the city of Tel Aviv was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, an exemplar of modernism in architecture and town planning. Today, the Hebrew city of Tel Aviv gleams white against the desert sky, its Bauhaus-inspired architecture betraying few traces of what came before it: the Arab city of Jaffa. In White City, Black City, the Israeli architect and author Sharon Rotbard offers two intertwining narratives, that of colonized and colonizer. It is also a story of a decades-long campaign of architectural and cultural historical revision that cast Tel Aviv as a modernist "white city" emerging fully formed from the dunes while ignoring its real foundation -- the obliteration of Jaffa. Rotbard shows that Tel Aviv was not, as a famous poem has it, built "from sea foam and clouds" but born in Jaffa and shaped according to its relation to Jaffa. His account is not only about architecture but also about war, destruction, Zionist agendas, erasure, and the erasure of the erasure.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Middle East and North Africa (Western Style) — Israel — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164502
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