I recently signed-up for the Encyclopedia Britanica’s offer providing bloggers with free access to Britanica encyclopdia entries.
To check out the encyclopedia, one of the first things I looked up was the EB’s entry on Tel Aviv’s “White City,” the section of the city filled with International-style buildings, built-up between the 1930s-1950s (I learned about the White City reading a recent item in “Dwell” magazine).
The Britanica entry on Tel Aviv doesn’t actually include much about the White City, beyond the basic facts:
- Over 4000 International-style buildings
- The Greatest concentration of such buildings worldwide
- Urban plan of the city based on work of Scottish sociologist Sir Patrick Geddes
- Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003
But, there are some good links to articles about the International style and the Bauhaus.
A fun way to take the Encyclopedia Britanica out for a test drive.
BTW, “Architectural Record” reports that a museum about the Bauhaus is opening in one of the International-style buildings, on April 25. And there is currently an exhibition on view about the White City, at the Architekturzentrum Wien (Austria).
And, finally, the City of Tel Aviv-Jaffa maintains a web site with a lot of good information and photos.