1973 marks a watershed in the workings of global capitalism, in the American strategic interest in the Middle East, and in Israel’s social, economic and political structures. Together, these elements, shaped by territorial struggles and energy crises, radically transformed Israeli architecture. The publication looks at the built environments that emerged as a result through a combination of contemporary visual commentary, historical materials, and texts on architecture in both the United States and Israel. These environments not only tell the tale of an unprecedented embedding of liberal and capitalist principles in a country that was known as a socialist welfare-state, but of a cultural reorientation and an architectural agenda that is being questioned today, in light of another major crisis.
Exhibition schedule: 13th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, August 29–November 25, 2012