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    • 02.02.12 | 15:19 (IST)

    The amir center is one of the few modernist landmarks in Jerusalem, it's beauty relies on it's simplicity, I wish it will be preserved and not replaced by some kind of ugly postmodern luxury buildings filled with fake ornaments. An other building worth mentioning is the telecommunication building on hebron road by the ein gedi junction which will be demolished and replaced by a real estate project. Jerusalem is at the mercy of real estate, a wise man once told me that the end of architecture and the city is when it's being sold as a consumers object. real estate agents don't give a damn about the permanence and quality of what they build, they just want an immediate return to their investment, but the city and architecture are of a different temporality, something that should last beyond a lifetime. We worship old structures that have been here for centuries and in the same time build the decline of the city in our beloved capitalistic era. Isn't it a paradox, we worship permanence but create ephemeral structures, and I am not getting into the environmental impact of this cause there is a lot to write about.

    from the article: A mixed modernist message
    First published 01:48 02.02.12 | Last updated 01:48 02.02.12
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