Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tel Aviv is Bauhaus-tastic

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Two years ago the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO declared Tel Aviv a World Heritage site for its abundant examples of Bauhaus and International Style architecture. I still think of Tel Aviv as "crumble-ville" for its abundance of rotting, beach-weathered apartment buildings, but there are still graceful moments of architectural sublimity that occur when walking through its humid streets. It's not very clear what benefit the World Heritage designation has brought the cosmopolitan city, except for the proliferation of Bauhaus walking tours and perhaps attracting the occasional architecture nerd such as myself. Looking at this picture above, it looks a bit like San Francisco but the little pseudo-truck buggy car on the left is unmistakably Israeli.
Here's a nifty map and listings of more Bauhaus buildings in the city.

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