Tel Aviv: The locus of amnesia (Israel)
Master of Architecture
Tel Aviv's architecture and urban fabric were shaped by the forces of the nationalist movement of Hebrew Revivalism and the progressivist modern movements. A series of local circumstances including the Arab-Israeli conflict and the clash of values and memories introduced by different immigrant groups have also played an important role in Tel Aviv's identity. The search for a suitable architectural language capable of representing the New Hebrew collective identity entered a new phase when Modernism was adopted as the National Style. Tel Aviv's urban and architectural transformations mirror the changes in the collective identity of its residents as it rapidly evolved from its role as the locus of the Hebrew national revivalists to a cosmopolitan outward looking urban center. Progressivist obsessions brought about periods of amnesia during which the city failed to recognized some of its own "permanences" and as a result became self destructive. Whether these dynamics relate back to the Hebraic concepts of Space-Time is left open as a subject for speculation.
Urban planning; Regional planning