The Israel Project
With author Zvi Efrat (EKA) and Nasser Abourahme (NYU)
October 1, 2019, 5:00 pm
School of Architecture, Room N107
M+M Program in Media and Modernity, co-sponsored by the Princeton Mellon Initiative
Contrary to popular belief, the architecture of the State of Israel was not born haphazardly out of emergency or speculation. The Israeli built environment is the deliberate response to a unique objective—how to design and build an instantaneous "model state." To this end, the terrain itself was re-shaped and re-purposed and dozens of new towns and hundreds of new rural settlements were constructed. Fashionable post-war architectural trends like Brutalism and Structuralism were appropriated as signifiers of national vigor. Exhibitions, publications, and films mediated the notion of a singular modernist project, unprecedented in its hyper-production of spatial and structural experiments.
Zvi Efrat, Architect and Architectural Historian, is partner at Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA) and formerly Head of the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Nasser Abourahme, a former Mellon Fellow, is Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, where he works between urban geography, colonial studies, and political theory.