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A window on: Tel-Aviv </br> Figure 1

A window on: Tel-Aviv

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In July 2003 the "White City of Tel-Aviv" was designated by UNESCO a world heritage site. The designation is based on the following five characteristics of the area:
• the White City contains the largest concentration in the world of Early International Style buildings;
• the preservation zone is noted for the size, coherence and homogeneous nature of its urban pattern;
• the preservation zone is located in the core of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area - a center of urban activity, and is exposed to the eyes of thousands of residents and daily visitors, in contrast to International Style areas in other countries, which are usually situated in the city's periphery;
• the White City is a showcase of many stylistic variations reflecting all the trends in Early European Modernism in the beginning of the 20th century;
• the area uniquely demonstrates a synergetic confluence of a high quality urban plan designed by Sir Patrick Geddes and good Modern architecture, both still preserving many of their authentic features.

The declaration is the culmination of more than 20 years of effort by the planning department of the City of Tel-Aviv and the conservation movement in Israel to transform an area, and buildings, that in the 1970's were still considered run-down relics to be erased and renewed, into a cultural asset to be conserved and protected and given new life. At the core of this transformation lies the crisis of central values of Israeli society, and its national identity...

(ENG) The White City of Tel Aviv *, by Yodan Rofè
La città bianca di Tel Aviv, by Yodan Rofè 

* English abstract of the essay was published in "Urbanistica" n.136/2008


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