Author : Eli Keller

University : Ariel University, School of Architecture

Status : BArch, 2013

Advisors : Dean Prof. Beni R. Levy, Itzhak El – Hadif, Udi Mendelson, Dana Oberson, Prof. Sa’adia Mandel

Title : The Chronicles

A vision of dystopia presented in graphic collages and conceptual models of a future world gone. The work is partly not contextual and therefore it is more representational in nature, and somewhat abstract. However, the greater part of the creation was dedicated to the city of Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv is the peak of Israeli urban culture and city planning, but it also symbolizes its decadence. It is vibrant, it is planned to perfection, it’s alive 24/7 and its slowly but surely getting lost. Vehicles and parking lots dominate its streets. The fake glittering light reflecting off the shiny towers blinds its inhabitants. Its people are gazing at the black screens in their homes, offices and pockets instead of being aware of their own surroundings. The city dweller must always be conscious of its urban interventions…

The project deals with iconic places in Tel Aviv, symbolizing all architectural, financial and cultural achievements of the past, and sins of the present. From huge city square defined by roads, through high riser shopping malls and transportation terminals, through a main boulevard stretching from the west to north, to some of the city’s highest and lowest historical landmarks.

“The project presents an architectural vision through the eyes of our contemporary culture.”

The main site for this dystopia is Rothschild Boulevard. Through its theater at one edge, the trees and luxurious apartment at its core and the office and residential towers climbing over historic buildings, the boulevard is representational to everything that is good and bad in our modern urban culture. Through the re-imagination of it, in its ruins and re-ruins, there is a chance of a new outlook on architecture and our role as architects, in a world growing slowly, yet surely uninhabitable.

The site chosen is within the city of Tel Aviv – a modern paradox. The first phase of the project tries to visualize a forgotten urban space. Followed by the second phase which focuses on Rothschild Blvd with the intent to correlate with the cities most successful urban space existing today. The project aims to create an almost violent architectural interference, without proportion or use, that leaps between buildings and streets, creating a chaotic space; an aggressive prosthesis for a building or scaffolding for a future architectural act.

Thus, architecture shifts its role from being a harmonious discipline and turns to a chaotic one; presenting chaos as a necessity. Within these perfect ruins and between the shatters of facades and broken streets, an old world is revealed from a different perspective. A world, waiting for a new act…