Ornament is Crime: The White City of Tel Aviv; Laura Francis; Port Magazine

Israel – White City of Tel-Aviv — the Modern Movement

Laura Francis explores the distinctive International Style of Tel Aviv’s UNESCO-protected White City, reputed to be the only ‘Bauhaus city’ in the world.

Tel Aviv is a city flushed with youth. Perched on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean and barely a century old, it is renowned for it’s long beach, its nocturnal party scene, and its religious and sexual tolerance. When I visited for the first time this September, I was overwhelmed by the incongruously Western atmosphere of the city, its familiarity – more a sunny outpost of Barcelona or San Francisco than a gateway to the Holy Land.

It’s a feeling that’s enhanced by the prominence of modernist, and distinctly European, architecture.

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