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Tel Aviv University opens £16m nanotech faculty contest

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Tel Aviv University (TAU) has launched an open international competition for a new £16 million Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre

The Strelka KB-organised contest – open to teams of architects, designers and engineers – seek ideas for a new ‘significant landmark’ on the eastern side of TAU’s campus.

The estimated 4,000m² building is expected to feature 12 laboratories and facilities for up to 120 engineers and researchers.

Giovanna Carnevali, project director at Strelka KB said: ‘The campus itself is a unique open air museum of modern architecture and plastic arts spanning the past five decades.

‘The design for the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center should reflect the beauty and integrate the functionality of all the buildings that make up the campus. At the same time it has to embody the spirit of this University that is nothing less than a national symbol.’

TAU president Joseph Klafter commented: ‘Today, more than ever, institutions serving the national prerequisites of the country, need to be more creative and more advanced in science, technology and innovation, and the main goal of the architect will be to provide the best solution for a special building project that will be sustainable both in concept and construction.’

Founded in 1956, the prestigious main university in Israel now hosts more than 30,000 students.

Key buildings on the campus include Mario Botta’s Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Centre (pictured) and the Porter School of Environmental Studies by Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects.

Six shortlisted teams will receive around £33,000 each to participate in the competition’s second stage. A winner will be announced in May.

The contest language is English and the deadline for applications is 6pm local time on 30 October.




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  • Architects for Justice in Palestine asks UK architects not to compete, since this would be turning a blind eye to Israel’s brutal occupation and ethnic cleansing which is spiraling out of control in the occupied West Bank and even within Israel.
    There is no doubt that nanotechnological research and production will include military technology, which is most advance in Israel especially for the production of lethal minute weaponry, no bigger than dust particles that can be used to pinpoint an assassination target using DNA. This is all described in Jeff Halper’s latest book called “The War Against the People” -published by Pluto Press.

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