CfP: Planning and Building in Palestine and Israel. Innsbruck, 11-12 April 2018

Call for Papers: Planning and Building in Palestine and Israel. Innsbruck, 11-12 April 2018

The Universität Innsbuck, the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture, TU Braunschweig, and the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg, are currently preparing a research project on the transfer and exchange processes of architectural culture (with) in Palestine / Israel and on the formation of a national Jewish identity. Which planning strategies taken from Europe or the United States were used? Were those planning strategies adapted to local conditions, e.g. climate, topography, society, and in which fashion? Where did the architects and planners come from and where did they get their professional training? Which architectural ideas and concepts did they bring to Palestine / Israel, and how were they further developed?

The Study Day in April 2018 is intended as a kick-off meeting for this project. Its possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Planning and Building in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate

– The Heritage of “Modernism”

– Building a New State. Architecture and Urbanism

– Symbolism and Remembrance in Israeli Architecture since 1948

The full call for papers can be accessed here.

Please send an abstract of not more than 2,000 characters (including spaces) for a 20-minute presentation in English and a current CV with affiliation to both the organisers Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Tragbar (klaus.tragbar@uibk.ac.at) and PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Ulrich Knufinke M.A. (ulrich.knufinke@igdj-hh.de) by 15 December 2017. Applicants will be notified of the organisers’ decision by 22 December 2017.

Funds will be available for travel and hotel costs. The accepted papers may be considered for publication in a forthcoming edited volume.

 

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