Preserving the Recent and the Most Recent Memories of Tel Aviv

Annarita Lamberti
Department of Social Sciences, University of Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy

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Ingår i: The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 20:19, s. 175–184

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Publicerad: 2007-03-06


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Since 2004 the website “Tel Aviv White-City” has been discussing the Modern Heritage of Tel Aviv; the built form of its identity. It is the re­sult of a process that dates back to the 1970s; when artistical media began to deal with The White City as a memory device. This process testimonies how artistical media have been realizing the Sorge (Care) and; then; the preservation of the city; according to Heidegger’s philo­sophical language. It has given birth to the restructuration of city’s life and identity; and takes inspiration from the re-telling of local recent history. The latest results of this cultural mediatization of the city are the Conservation Plan; the new Master Plan and the Strategic Plan; determining a new urban development trend; the main theme of which is the reconstruction of the telavivi identitity.

This trend is the rejuvenation of a former one; that happened in the early beginnings of city’s life; when artistical representations of the young Tel Aviv were nourishing the sense of place and; then; the cultural dimension of its development. In this light; Soskin’s photo­graphs and Gutman’s drawings might be considered expressions of preserving the ensemble of the most recent memories of the city.


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