The Histadrut labor federation headquarters in Tel Aviv. David Ben-Gurion was unimpressed by how expensive it was to construct. Willy Folander/Tel Aviv Jaffa Municipality Archive

Tel Aviv's Architectural Brutalism: Ugly, Hated, but Glad to Be Gray

The city's planners didn't aim for the look to be pleasing, but rather to reflect the truth. A new book about Tel Aviv's Brutalist buildings seeks to raise awareness of the architectural values and the local context on which the city was built

“If you want me to show you the city in gray,” sang Naomi Shemer in 1966, referring to the Paris where she then lived. But her lyrics went on to yearn for “your city, awaiting you in white houses,” meaning Tel...

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