Public architectural competitions in Israel - a double-edged sword?
Design contests are considered a springboard to personal success, but they are nevertheless an inexhaustible source of friction and entanglement, with recurrent complaints over defects and shortcomings, and even corruption.
The metaphoric wastepaper basket of architecture in Israel − and elsewhere − is full of blueprints that won public architectural competitions yet were not built. Even though vast amounts of talent, effort and money were invested in them, and they met all the necessary requirements and were chosen in a democratic fashion by a team of professional judges.
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