Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification

Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification

Lecture
11 January 2018 5.00pmAdd to Calendar 2018-01-11 23:00:00 2018-01-11 23:00:00 Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification After seizing Jerusalem’s eastern precincts from Jordan at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel unilaterally unified the city and plunged into an ambitious building program, eager to transform the very meaning of one of the world’s most emotionally charged urban spaces. The goal was as simple as it was controversial: to both Judaize and modernize Jerusalem. Prof. Alona Nitzan-Shiftan will discuss her new book, demonstrating how numerous disciplines, including architecture, landscape design, and urban planning, as well as everyone from municipal politicians to state bureaucrats, from Israeli-born architects to international luminaries such as Louis Kahn, Buckminster Fuller, and Bruno Zevi, competed to create Jerusalem’s new image. This decade-long competition happened with the Palestinian residents still living in the city, even as the new image was inspired by the city’s Arab legacy. The talk will examine this cultural legacy as a blueprint for contemporary Jerusalem and will question the ongoing agency of architectural knowledge in the politics of space of the holy city. CWAC 157 arthistory@uchicago.edu America/Chicago public
CWAC 157
Seizing Jerusalem

After seizing Jerusalem’s eastern precincts from Jordan at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel unilaterally unified the city and plunged into an ambitious building program, eager to transform the very meaning of one of the world’s most emotionally charged urban spaces. The goal was as simple as it was controversial: to both Judaize and modernize Jerusalem. Prof. Alona Nitzan-Shiftan will discuss her new book, demonstrating how numerous disciplines, including architecture, landscape design, and urban planning, as well as everyone from municipal politicians to state bureaucrats, from Israeli-born architects to international luminaries such as Louis Kahn, Buckminster Fuller, and Bruno Zevi, competed to create Jerusalem’s new image. This decade-long competition happened with the Palestinian residents still living in the city, even as the new image was inspired by the city’s Arab legacy. The talk will examine this cultural legacy as a blueprint for contemporary Jerusalem and will question the ongoing agency of architectural knowledge in the politics of space of the holy city.