Tel Aviv, also know as the White City, is home to the world’s largest number of buildings (about 4,000) of Bauhaus-style buildings. Walking through the city, one notices that many of these buildings are neglected and dilapidated, even though Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But strolling up to the corner of Allenby and Nahalat Binyamin, there is one building that has been gloriously restored. Gleaming white with a curved edifice and luminous windows, it’s home to the just-opened Poli House boutique hotel, which underwent a three-year restoration process.
Originally built in 1934, the Poli House used to be called The Polishuk House, and housed commercial office space, shops, and a clandestine Etzel printing press. Its Bauhaus-style edifice was designed by Shlomo Liaskowski, who was born in Zurich in 1903 and moved to British Mandate Palestine in 1929.
There’s not much to be said for the views, but underground cities have frequently been used throughout history as wartime shelters, refuges from the elements and sacred spaces. Many even included dedicated infrastructure and their own subterranean schools and churches. From ancient hideouts to Cold War-era bunkers, explore eight astonishing settlements beneath the earth’s surface.
The volcanic rock landscape of Turkey’s Cappadocia region is pockmarked with several different underground cities, but perhaps none is as vast or as impressive as Derinkuyu. This labyrinthine complex dates to around the 8th century B.C. and was most likely built to serve as a refuge during periods of war and invasion. With this in mind, its 18-story interior was a self-contained metropolis that included ventilation shafts, wells, kitchens, schoolrooms, oil presses, a bathhouse, a winery and living space for some 20,000 people.
Kizhi is an island near the center of Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, in Russia. On it is a cordoned-off area, or “pogost,” containing one of the most jaw-dropping clusters of 18th century Russian architecture still in existence.
Settlements and churches on the island were known from at least the 15th century. The population was rural, but was forced by the government to assist development of the ore mining and iron plants in the area that resulted in a major Kizhi Uprising in 1769–1771. Most villages had disappeared from the island by the 1950s and now only a small rural settlement remains.
In the 18th century, two major churches and a bell tower were built on the island, which are now known as Kizhi Pogost.
Blenheim Palace, an Oxfordshire, UK, UNESCO World Heritage Site, has instigated a series of environmental initiatives in a bid both to reduce its reliance on traditional energies and its overall carbon footprint.
Among the most significant improvements are a 42% reduction in overall mains water consumption from 2013, the lowest electricity usage figures in five years, and an 81% reduction in its use of heating oil.
The estate has also made major investments in upgrading its heating systems, including the installation of two biomass boilers in the Pleasure Gardens and its Park Farm maintenance workshop, and a phased move from a steam to a water-based heating system for the Palace.
Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth; historians claim the site has been lived in for more than 8,000 years.
But over the past five years, the ancient city has been turned to rubble due to a bloody civil war. In Aleppo alone, over 5,100 civilians were killed in 2016. In all of Syria over 470,000 civilians have been killed during the five-year span of the conflict – from March 2011 to February 2016, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.
The United Nations reports United Nations reports there are still 4.9 million people trapped in besieged areas throughout Syria and over 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance.
“As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life,” the UN writes.
Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN’s list of world heritage sites Tuesday in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.
The UN cultural body, UNESCO, highlighted the “extraordinary fusion” of man-made and natural beauty in certifying Rio on the world heritage list during a ceremony held at the Christ the Redeemer statue.
That blend has “created an urban landscape perceived to be of great beauty by many writers and travelers and one that has shaped the culture of the city,” the UN said.
Rio got a big tourism boost during the 2014 football World Cup and this August’s Olympic Games. However, persistent high crime, last year’s Zika epidemic, and political instability have hurt the city’s image.
There’s more to a Viking River Cruise’s Christmas Market Cruise along the Danube River than shopping. Before each visit to the famous European markets, passengers take bus or walking tours of grand cities in Germany, Austria, and Hungary.
While visiting Regensburg, Germany — the oldest city on the Danube — we walked along the waterfront from the Viking Longship Njord to the city’s famous stone bridge that spans the river. Built between 1135 and 1146, the bridge with its 16 arches is a masterpiece of medieval engineering; it was one of the highlights of our tour through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our guide, a young woman with an encyclopedic knowledge of the city, told us that the first settlements in Regensburg date to the Stone Age. The Romans later built a fort here in the 1st century.
Real life learning experiences are always special.It gives a depth to our knowledge and clarity to our perception. And when the learning comes with a package of surprise, it becomes a memory forever.That is why its important to witness the process of evolution. What makes this ‘process of evolution’ a smooth affair ?? The answer is History.
When the context of history comes, India stands strong. Its evolution of architecture through the ages can drop your jaw, make you wonder with surprise and create an eternal impression. Different heritage clusters in India show craftsmanship, techniques and socio-cultural blend at its best.
My own experience as an architecture student emphasizes the justification even more. So all the architecture folks out there, what’s the wait for ?? pack you bags, take sketchbook and camera and start to explore…