Something old, something new

Leading architects from Europe and Israel will hold a symposium on Israeli culture at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv skyline  (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Tel Aviv skyline
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israeli and European architects will get together on June 9 for a symposium that is related to the Tel Aviv centenary, but which in fact extends much further back in scope. Organized by the Czech Presidency of the European Union with the support of EU member states, the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and the Israeli Association of Architects, the symposium called 'Tel Aviv Yaffo - OldNew MetroPolis,' will be held in the Eretz Israel Museum. Participants will explore the cultural diversity and the encounter between past and present in the contemporary urban context, in addition to the historical identity of Tel Aviv as a city recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Organizers say that the merging of Tel Aviv and Jaffa into a single municipal jurisdiction has pushed to the fore a distinct constellation of social, cultural and political questions and concerns. The symposium will also look at European urban modernization projects in ancient cities such as Prague and Frankfurt. The theme of the conference was inspired by Herzl's Altneuland, which in Hebrew is called Tel Aviv. Among the participants will be Czech-born architect Eva Jiricna, who works in London; Italian-born architect Bendetta Tagliabue, who works in Spain; Romanian architect Stefan Dorin; Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamaki, who has designed the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, now under construction in Warsaw; Roland Castro, the chief urban architect of Paris, and many others from Israel and abroad. THE STATUS symbol for swimwear in Israel has long been Gottex, and although there are many other swimwear companies, this was the brand name with which the world identified Israeli swimsuits, so much so that American celebrities coming to Israel made a beeline for the company's flagship store in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Yad Eliahu. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then. The company went out of the hands of its creator Lea Gottlieb and was taken over by the Africa Israel Group. Moreover, Gottex chief rival, Gideon Oberson, became the new Gottex designer. Now the company has gone a step further realizing that many of its clients do not do justice to its product because their figures are not compatible with what they buy. In an attempt to get women to buy swimsuits more suitable to their shapes, Gottex has brought in two leading stylists: Liat Ashuri and Gil Zohar, who will be at the flagship store for four consecutive days from midday onwards, beginning Monday, June 8, to advise customers on what is most flattering for them and least detrimental to the design. Other brands in the group include Gottex Silver, Pilpel Free and Turquoise. Ashuri will be there for the first two days and Zohar for the latter two days. THIS YEAR's Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv will take place on Friday, June 12 within the framework of Tel Aviv's 100th anniversary. Gay Pride month opened on June 1, with Kadima leader Tzipi Livni as the guest of honor at the opening salvo at the Gay Center in Gan Meir. The gay community also has a representative in the Knesset in the person of Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz, who lives with his partner in Tel Aviv.