In the Footsteps of Modernism
Tel-Aviv ▪ Haifa ▪ Jerusalem
The guidebook “In the footsteps of modernism Tel-Aviv – Haifa- Jerusalem” has just been published by the “International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape” (CIVA)in Brussels. It is part of a collection entitled “Ville et Architecture” (City and Architecture).
1. Presentation of the collection
2. Presentation of the guidebook “In the footsteps of modernism Tel-Aviv-Haifa-Jerusalem”
1. Presentation of the collection “Ville et Architecture” (City and Architecture)
The “Ville et Architecture” (City and Architecture) guidebook collection, published by the CIVA (the International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape) is a unique editorial creation which presents the heritage of Art Deco and Art Nouveau cities.
Published in French and in the language of the country, the guidebook book is aimed at tourists and experts as well as the public at large. Designed for walking tours, it leads you through the cities to discover the most representative examples of every type of art by way of civil and cultural buildings, public sculptures, fine arts and decorative arts museums, façade ornaments, and much more.
Colour inserts containing the biographies of the most important architects and artists provide an opportunity to learn about the creators of that era.
Maps of the city and its surroundings printed inside the cover of the guidebook help pinpoint the places to visit in each city.
A historical introduction presents the most important events in the country’s history and the urban evolution of the city to the public at large.
Finally, a short bibliography as well as an index of names and places can be found at the end of the guidebook.
2. Presentation of the guidebook “Sur les traces du modernismeTel-Aviv ▪ Haïfa ▪ Jérusalem” (In the Footsteps of Modernism Tel-Aviv ▪ Haïfa ▪ Jerusalem)
Israel is a young country, which was rapidly built up during the first half of the 20th century, a period better known as the modern period.
Many European architects went to Israel to build a new society that would find its expression in a resolutely modern architectural style.
This bilingual French-Hebrew guidebook with commentaries by specialists features a walking tour of three cities: Tel-Aviv, Haïfa and Jerusalem. Modernism, influenced by history, architecture as well as the topographical and climatic conditions of each city, takes on a specific form each time.
It shows a number of significant modernist buildings of quality and retraces the history of the urban development of each of these cities.
Since July 2003, Tel-Aviv - the white city - has joined the 12 sites already listed in the modern movement category and has been recognised as world cultural heritage by UNESCO. Many illustrious protagonists educated in Europe adapted new modernist ideas for Tel-Aviv in an urban mesh inspired by English garden cities. The buildings in this city constitute some of the most striking examples of the modernist movement.
Haïfa, spreading from Mount Carmel to the seaside, has managed to find a balance between urban planning and landscape. Haïfa’s modernism is an answer to a programme of the mixed functions of a large harbour city that has integrated the components of its existing Ottoman heritage.
Jerusalem, entirely built in stone, provides a modernism influenced by the artistic and cultural history of the city. Several garden areas bear witness to a particular alliance of stone and modern architectural forms.
3. Technical Description
Editor/s: CIVA (the International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape)
Outside partner/s: CGRI (General Commissariat for International Relations, Ministry of the French Community, COCOF (French Community Commission), Loterie Nationale (National Lottery), Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Department of the Israeli Embassy in Belgium, the El-Al Airlines company in Belgium
Author/s: Preface: Christophe Pourtois,
General introduction: Michaël Turner, Chairman, Israel World Heritage Commitee
Tel-Aviv: Catherine Weill-Rochant, Geneviève Blondiau with the collaboration of Marcelle Rabinowicz, Nathalie Filser, Christophe Pourtois
Haïfa: Silvina Sosnovsky
Jerusalem: Philippe Brandeis, Shlomo Arad
Technical Description: Flexible cover, 290 x 245 mm, 240 p., 150 illustrations.
Public price: 20 €