The Architect and Town Planner Richard Kaufmann and the Zionist Project

Monday ,26 September, 2016 , 16:00 to 20:00

 

16:00–17:30 Tour of Rehavia in the footsteps of Richard Kaufmann, led by Prof. Micha Levin

Meeting point: 1 Ramban Street, the windmill (advance reservation is not necessary)

18:00–20:00 An evening discussion on the occasion of the publication of

Richard Kaufmann and the Zionist Project

Edited by Marina Epstein-Pliouchtch and Michael (Micha) Levin, Deputy Editor: Tzafrir Fainholtz

Richard Kaufmann (1887–1958) was the main planner of the Zionist settlement project from the beginning of the 1920s to the end of the British Mandate in Eretz Israel—a pioneer in planning cities, neighborhoods, kibbutzim, and moshavim in the spirit of the garden city and one of the first modern architects in Eretz Israel.
Kaufmann’s work was an experimental laboratory for European ideas and theories. His 644 projects for rural construction, urban planning, and the design of public and private buildings, almost half of which were built, are an inseparable part of the history of the Zionist enterprise. The prime minister’s residence and Ussishkin House in Jerusalem; Moshav Nahalal; the Jezreel Valley and Hefer Valley settlements; the Hadar Hacarmel, Bat-Galim, and Neveh Sha’anan neighborhoods in Haifa; the Rehavia, Beit Hakerem, Bayit Vagan, and Talpiot neighborhoods in Jerusalem; and the cities of Ramat Gan, Afula, and Herzlia are but a few of his works that defined and still define the map of Eretz Israel.
Despite the breadth of Kaufmann’s work and of his influence on planning in Israel, a comprehensive book about his oeuvre has never appeared in Hebrew, and his work has still not received the recognition it deserves. This book fills this lacuna to some extent. It follows a conference held at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in 2008, on the fiftieth anniversary of Kaufmann’s death. It contains articles by scholars from Israel and abroad as well as many photographs and sketches, some of which are being published here for the first time. The book’s aim is to expose scholars, planners, and the general public to Kaufmann’s work and thought as one of the most important modern architects and planners. (Hakibbutz Hameuchad)