Old Jaffa- by Carol Bishop
At the turn of the twentieth century Jaffa was home to a mixed population of Jews, Arabs and Christians. In 1909 a large percentage of the Jewish residents took up roots and built the new desert city, Tel Aviv. Rather than adopt the antiquated style of houses left behind in Jaffa and refusing the designs of outdated European cities, the young Tel Aviv architects created an innovative and modern city in the Bauhaus style. But Jaffa, with its colorful seaport and ancient architecture could not be entirely abandoned. It always remains in the memories and dreams of all who have ever lived or visited there. Today Jaffa is an extension of Tel Aviv, together creating an architectural contrast of the past and present.
Bricks + Earth- by Carol Bishop
"Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Bricks are one of the oldest building materials, dating back to Jericho around 7000 B.C. E. These photos document an installation erected near an ancient wall in Herzliya, Israel, that combined Tel Aviv bricks and natural materials found in construction sites and locations around the urban environment. The original 1920’s style Tel Aviv bricks, building blocks for a new utopia, were used to make over 5,000 Modernist houses in the young city of Tel Aviv. Now symbolic artifacts, these bricks, combined with nature’s resources and current building resources, invite reflections on the interconnections between architecture and nature in the continuum of the city.