Tel Aviv/ Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City

Azaryahu, Maoz. 2007. Tel Aviv. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press.

Tel Aviv was depicted and described with different names, owing to its diversities in building typology, urban planning and cultural background. The author further explain these designations from different incidents happened in the city. From the study of that, we saw how Tel Aviv was shaped and its compositions. The myth according  to the author, could be divided into three distinct stages: “The First Hebrew City”, brought about by the Zionist settlement and their seeds that grow on this land, this city, “Non-Stop City”, a city that continues to grow in the post-Zionist era, and the “White City”, in which new type of building typology in 1930s influenced by the European emerged and formed the local prestige, and was named after its color.

The analysis here combined the historical and cultural approach, presenting the readers with the fundamental understanding of the city, and representing it from a not so common way that people would easily overlooked.

The book has discussed about the formation of the White City, and described its development was the nostalgia of Tel Aviv, which was rather hidden under the representation to the world that it was the city’s architectural heritage and legacy. The reason behind the sentence is that the kind of development was only recognized and applaud after years of its appearance. Although not popular in the early age, the author remains to think that this was indeed a milestone of the architectural history of Tel Aviv that addressed the need of the people back then that they might not be sensitive enough to treasure them.

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