White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement

White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, based on the urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practised their profession before immigrating. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context.

Ville blanche de Tel-Aviv – le mouvement moderne

Tel-Aviv fut fondée en 1909 et s’est développée comme une ville métropolitaine sous le mandat britannique en Palestine. La ville blanche fut construite à partir du début des années 1930 et jusqu’aux années 1950, selon le plan d’urbanisme de sir Patrick Geddes, reflétant les principes de l’urbanisme organique moderne. Les bâtiments furent conçus par des architectes qui avaient immigré après avoir été formés dans divers pays d’Europe et y avoir exercé leur profession. Dans ce lieu et ce nouveau contexte culturel, ils réalisèrent un ensemble exceptionnel d’architecture du mouvement moderne.

مدينة تل أبيب البيضاء – الحركة العصرية

أنشئت تل أبيب في العام 1909 وتطورت كمدينة عاصمية في عهد الانتداب البريطاني في فلسطين. وقد بدأ بناء المدينة البيضاء في السنوات 1930 ودام حتى السنوات 1950، حسب مخطط مُدني وضعه السير باتريك جيديس، ويعكس مبادئ التنظيم المُدني العضوي العصري. فصمّم الأبنيةَ مهندسون معماريون وفدوا إلى المدينة بعد أن تعلّموا المهنة ومارسوها في بلدان متعددة من أوروبا. وفي ذاك المكان وفي ذاك الإطار الثقافي الجديد، حققوا مجموعة هندسية مميزة خاصة بالحركة العصرية.

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特拉维夫白城——现代运动

特拉维夫建于1909年,并逐渐发展成为驻巴勒斯坦英军控制下的一个大都市。在20世纪30年代初到50年代间,白城在帕特莱克爵士的城市规划基础上建成,体现了现代城市发展规划的基本原则。城中的建筑物由在欧洲培训和实习的建筑设计师设计而成,他们以全新的文化理念创造了一个杰出的“现代运动”的建筑群。

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Белый город в Тель-Авиве – архитектура «Современного движения»

Тель-Авив был основан в 1909 г. и развивался как метрополия во время британского мандата Палестины. Белый город был сооружен в период с начала 1930-х до 1950-х гг. на основе градостроительного плана Патрика Геддеса, отражавшего самые прогрессивные в то время принципы органичной планировки. Здания были спроектированы архитекторами, получившими образование в Европе, где они занимались профессиональной деятельностью до иммиграции. Они создали выдающийся архитектурный ансамбль в стиле «Современного движения», выполненный в новом культурном контексте.

source: UNESCO/ERI

Ciudad Blanca de Tel-Aviv – El Movimiento Moderno

Tel-Aviv fue fundada en 1909 y se desarrolló, a imagen y semejanza de una ciudad metropolitana, en tiempos del mandato británico en Palestina. La llamada Ciudad Blanca se construyó desde principios del decenio de 1930 hasta 1948, con arreglo al trazado diseñado por Sir Patrick Geddes que estaba basado en los principios del urbanismo orgánico moderno. Los edificios fueron diseñados por arquitectos formados en Europa, donde ya habían ejercido su profesión antes de emigrar a Israel. En un contexto cultural nuevo, realizaron un conjunto excepcional de edificios muy representativo del movimiento arquitectónico moderno.

source: UNESCO/ERI

テル-アビーブのホワイト・シティ -- 近代化運動 
首都エルサレムの北西56㎞、地中海に臨む同国第一の都市。テル・アビーブ(「春の丘」の意)は1909年、英国統治下にあったパレスチナに、ユダヤ人居住地として建設され、1948年にはこの地でイスラエルの独立が宣言された。1930年代初頭から1948年にかけて建設されたホワイト・シティは、現代的・組織的に建築されたビルや住宅の建造物群。ヨーロッパ各国で知識と経験を積んだ移民建築家が設計し、建築の近代化運動が目指した調和効果を見事に実現した。

source: NFUAJ

Witte Stad van Tel Aviv – de Moderne Beweging

Tel Aviv werd opgericht in 1909 ten noorden van de ommuurde havenstad Jaffa, op de heuvels langs de oostelijke kust van de Middellandse Zee. De stad ontwikkelde zich als een metropool onder het Britse Mandaat in Palestina. De Witte Stad werd gebouwd vanaf de vroege jaren ‘30 tot de jaren ‘50 op basis van het stedenbouwkundig plan van Sir Patrick Geddes en weerspiegelde moderne organische planningsprincipes. De gebouwen zijn ontworpen door architecten die werden opgeleid in Europa, waar ze hun beroep uitoefenden voordat zij naar Israël emigreerden. Ze creëerden een buitengewoon architectonisch complex van de Moderne Beweging binnen een nieuwe culturele context.

Source: unesco.nl

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Outstanding Universal Value

Brief synthesis

The city of Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 to the immediate north of the walled port city of Jaffa, on the hills along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. During the era of British rule in Palestine (1917-1948) it developed into a thriving urban centre, becoming Israel's foremost economic and metropolitan nucleus.

The serial property consists of three separate zones, the central White City, Lev Hair and Rothschild Avenue, and the Bialik Area, surrounded by a common buffer zone.

The White City of Tel Aviv can be seen as an outstanding example in a large scale of the innovative town-planning ideas of the first part of the 20th century. The architecture is a synthetic representation of some of the most significant trends of Modern Movement in architecture, as it developed in Europe. The White City is also an outstanding example of the implementation of these trends taking into account local cultural traditions and climatic conditions.

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed rapidly under the British Mandate in Palestine. The area of the White City forms its central part, and is based on the urban master plan by Sir Patrick Geddes (1925-27), one of the foremost theorists in the early modern period. Tel Aviv is his only large-scale urban realization, not a 'garden city', but an urban entity of physical, economic, social and human needs based on an environmental approach. He developed such innovative notions as 'conurbation' and 'environment', and was pioneer in his insight into the nature of city as an organism constantly changing in time and space, as a homogeneous urban and rural evolving landscape. His scientific principles in town planning, based on a new vision of a 'site' and 'region', influenced urban planning in the 20th century internationally. These are issues that are reflected in his master plan of Tel Aviv.

The buildings were designed by a large number of architects, who had been trained and had practised in various European countries. In their work in Tel Aviv, they represented the plurality of the creative trends of modernism, but they also took into account the local, cultural quality of the site. None of the European or North-Africa realizations exhibit such a synthesis of the modernistic picture nor are they at the same scale. The buildings of Tel Aviv are further enriched by local traditions; the design was adapted to the specific climatic conditions of the site, giving a particular character to the buildings and to the ensemble as a whole.

Criterion (ii): The White City of Tel Aviv is a synthesis of outstanding significance of the various trends of the Modern Movement in architecture and town planning in the early part of the 20th century. Such influences were adapted to the cultural and climatic conditions of the place, as well as being integrated with local traditions.

Criterion (iv): The White City of Tel Aviv is an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century, adapted to the requirements of a particular cultural and geographic context.

Integrity

The spirit of the Geddes plan has been well preserved in the various aspects of urban design (morphology, parcelling, hierarchy and profiles of streets, proportions of open and closed spaces, green areas). The urban infrastructure is intact, with the exception of Dizengoff Circle, where traffic and pedestrian schemes have been changed, although efforts are being made to reinstate the original plan Incremental changes could affect the integrity of the urban ensemble in the future. There are some visible changes in the buffer zone due to new construction and commercial development in the 1960s-1990s including some office and residential structures that are out of scale. The White City is encapsulated inside a ring of high-rise structures, which has obviously altered the initial relationship with its context. Any further development could impact on its visual integrity.

Authenticity

The authenticity of architectural design has been fairly well preserved, proven by homogeneous visual perception of urban fabric, the integrity of style, typology, character of streets, relationship of green areas and urban elements, including, fountains, pergolas and gardens. The details of entrance lobbies, staircases, railings, wooden mailboxes, front and apartment doors, window frames have generally not been changed, though there are some losses - as in most historic towns.

The design of some individual buildings has been modified through rooftop additions even in registered buildings. Although within certain limits, such additions could be perceived as part of traditional continuity, to keep Tel Aviv as a vibrant, living city, attention will need to be given to ensure, the quantity of remodelled buildings is not enough to alter the urban profile, the original scale or parameters of the site.

Protection and management requirements

Management is covered and incorporated in urban and territorial plans. These include the National Master Plan TaMA 35, with the relevant section 58 on the 'Urban Conservation Ensemble in Central Tel Aviv - Jaffa', and the Regional Master Plan TMM 5 providing the main planning instrument for the Tel Aviv conservation area. Management policies include programmes to encourage tourist activities, provide information, and placing an emphasis on conservation. It would be desirable to consider the possibility to provide legal protection at the national level to recent heritage.

Deposited in 2002, Conservation Plan (2650B) was approved in 2008. As the majority of the approximately 1,000 historic buildings identified in this document, and other focused local plans, are privately owned, a strategy allowing the transfer of building rights has been implemented to compensate for the loss of those rights. This specifically includes the stringent conditions applying to 180 buildings to which no changes are allowed. Within defined limitations, the application of permitted additional floors to the other remaining protected buildings has been allowed.

A special process has been established for the evaluation, approval and supervision of building permits and construction within the inscribed area. This is managed and controlled by the Municipality's Conservation Unit that currently employs eight trained architects. With the intention of providing measures to improve the control of changes in existing fabric, in view of existing real estate pressures, development trends are continually monitored by the Municipality.

With reference to the Operational Guidelines Annex 3 (concerning New Towns of the 20th century) it is essential for the city of Tel Aviv to ensure moderated and controlled growth in the historic core area. Accordingly, height limits are to be proposed for the property and its buffer zone.