You are cordially invited to a new lecture series, ‘An Architect on his travels’, which begins with a lecture by Dr Ryszard Nakonieczny PhD Arch., entitled ‘White Tel Aviv’.
Tel Aviv was established in 1909, quickly becoming a metropolis in the young Israel, declared a state by the United Nations in 1948. Its genesis, however, goes back to 1884, when in Prussian Katowice a Jewish settlement movement was invoked in the area of what was then Palestine at a meeting of delegates of the Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion). During the interwar period and after the Second World War, this movement took on a significant dimension, and the architecture of white modernism became its fullest expression. Currently, over 4000 buildings of this style have been preserved in the city. Many of them were designed by young Bauhaus graduates, often from the former lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 2003 the most cherished constructions were entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The lecture presents the genesis of the city’s architecture and urban planning, along with its most progressive period and the Levantine Exhibitions of 1932, 1934 and 1936, at which Poland had its own exhibition pavilions.
Dr Ryszard Nakonieczny PhD Arch. is a lecturer at the Faculty of Design Theory and History of Architecture. Co-author and editor of the books Famous Villas of Poland and The Faces of Modernism in Architecture, he specialises in the history of contemporary architecture and the protection of the heritage of contemporary culture.
The lectures are held on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Architecture Documentation at the Silesian Library.