Till We Have Built Jerusalem

Till We Have Built Jerusalem

Architects of A New City

Book - 2016
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"A cultural history of Jerusalem under the British Mandate, focusing on the tensions between its architecture and its political divisions"-- Provided by publisher.
"Equal parts biographical puzzle, architectural meditation, and probing detective story, Adina Hoffman's Till We Have Built Jerusalem offers a prismatic view into one of the world's most beloved and troubled cities. Panoramic yet intimate, this portrait of three architects who helped build modern Jerusalem is also a gripping exploration of the ways in which politics and aesthetics clash in a place of constant conflict. The book opens with the 1934 arrival in Jerusalem of the celebrated Berlin architect Erich Mendelsohn, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, who must reckon with a complex new Middle Eastern reality. Next we meet the elegant, embattled Austen St. Barbe Harrison, Palestine's chief government architect from 1922 to 1937. Steeped in the traditions of Byzantine and Islamic building, this "most private of public servants" finds himself working under the often stifling and violent conditions of British rule. And in the riveting final section, Hoffman herself sets out through the battered streets of today's Jerusalem searching for traces of a possibly Greek, possibly Arab architect named Spyro Houris. Once a fixture on the local scene, Houris is now utterly forgotten, though his grand Armenian-tile-clad buildings still stand, a ghostly testimony to the cultural fluidity that has historically characterized Jerusalem at its best. A beautifully written rumination on memory and forgetting, place and displacement, Till We Have Built Jerusalem uncovers the ramifying layers of one great city's buried history as it asks what it means, in Jerusalem and everywhere, to be foreign and to belong"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374536787
0374536783
9780374289102
0374289107
Branch Call Number: 956.9442 H6991 2016
Characteristics: 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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