This is the history of colonialism as seen though the architecture of Israel/Palestine. Tel Aviv is the 'White City', said to have risen from the sands of the desert, acclaimed worldwide for its architectural heritage and gleaming Bauhaus-inspired Modernism.
Jaffa is the 'Black City', the Palestinian city that was largely obliterated to make way for a new European-style architecture at the heart of a newly-formed Israel.
Both a gripping narrative and a unique architectural record, this book shows how any city in the world is made not only of stones and concrete but also of stories and histories - victors and losers, predator and prey. In this way, the legend of the Black City and the White City, architecture and war, is our story too.
Sharon Rotbard is a senior lecturer at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and Chair of Architecture at CARE School of Architecture at Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. He is the author of White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa (Pluto, 2015).
PART I: White City Book of Paper, Book of Stone Writers and Builders The White City exhibition The Invention of Normality Conservation Whitened City White Lies Round Corners Good Old Eretz Israel Whiter than White City Built on Dunes PART II: Black City The Black Patch War Fleeing Jaffa Bypassing Manshieh Spatial Contradiction `Those Polish of the Orient' Separation British 1930s Urbicide Cleansing Jaffa - Tel Aviv An Occupied City Hebraized City The Big Zone Antique Jaffa Green Dunes Raping the Bride of the Sea The Orange Route The Children of Jaffa The Menorah PART III: White City, Black City and a Rainbow Uncritical Modernists Blue and White Multicultural City AFTERWORD Acknowledgements Notes Bibliography Index