A Colonial Portrait of Jerusalem: British Architecture in Mandate-Era Palestine

Hybrid Urbanism is a collection of writings on the hybridity of select cities, with the focus on exploring the coming together of “different peoples, cultures and societies”.

 

The authors of the chapter on Jerusalem’s mandate period, Ron Fuchs and Gilbert Herbert, interestingly coin the term “colonial regionalism” describing Britain’s empathetic and pro-preservation method colonial development management. This source distinguishes from others in its limited mentions of the Imperial impetus in planning, instead framing the British interventions in Jerusalem as colonial regionalism. Fuchs and Herbert both studied and now teaching architecture at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. The in-depth analysis on the British Architect, Austen St. Barbe Harrison’s work was surprising as no mention of his name ever arose in any of the dozens of references researched before. A glance at their bibliography reveals many first hand documentation sources located in the Israeli State Archives, Israel Authority of Antiques Archives and Israel Museum, indicating deep levels of dedicated hardcore research. These two authors represent the small percentage of research done about Palestinians/Israelis that write about the urbanity of their own country, thus accessible to many of the rich local Hebrew texts.

 

Fuchs. R and Herbert. G, A Colonial Portrait of Jerusalem: British Architecture in Mandate-Era Palestine, Hybrid Urbanism, p.83-108

 

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