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Building the promised land

Joachim Schlor's talk in the rca/Reaktion Books Topographics series explored the fascinating phenomenon of Tel Aviv, without evoking a fascinating city. Founded 90 years ago this year, it is the unusual case of a city deliberately conceived and designed as a home for and by a highly specific ethnic group, which would provide a spatial and material embodiment of its religious and cultural values. Even more intriguing is the fact that this was a group that was culturally very diverse, ...

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