The Holyland complex in Jerusalem. The city's municipal engineer thinks the city's doing just fine without Frank Gehry. Rafi Kotz

Streets Behind: Why Israeli Buildings Are So Ugly

Will Israeli architecture ever rival the cities of Europe? Leading architects and planners suggest ways to improve urban construction.

Why are Israeli buildings so ugly? Unlike in, for example, Europe, the buildings on the country’s streets are never uniform: All manner of structures are scattered in seemingly random fashion, some balconies...

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