Tel Aviv/ The celebration, condemnation and reinterpretation of the Geddes plan

Noah Hysler Rubin. The celebration, condemnation and reinterpretation of the Geddes plan, 1925: the dynamic planning history of Tel Aviv. Urban History, 40, pp 114-135. 2013

The article gives a brief history of the Geddes plan in Tel Aviv, including its successful impacts and urban flaws. What is the most important to us is the part when Rubin talked about the aftermath of the Geddes plan and the White City.

This article gives us a strong support that there is a connection between the White City and Geddes’ plan. Rubin stated in the article. “Ultimately, it was these modern architects who found Geddes’ plan restrictive and eventually created an urbanscape different from what he had envisioned.”… “Geddes, who was already dead by the time these building were being built, set the scene for architects inspired by the formal language and examples of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Tel Aviv was thus described as a city of opposites, a transitional environment located between the overpopulated European cities and rural Palestine.”

“The White City came to represent the built quality of Tel Aviv.” This quote also makes up one of our arguments that Geddes did not present any actual architecture but only the generic ideal of living in a city in the 21st century while the White City illustrated Geddes’ vision in the architectural scale.

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