Contemporary Design within Historic Jerusalem

This project examines how Israeli society has selected to utilize, remember, or disregard historic architecture in Jerusalem. In such a historic environment, the layering and interaction between different architectural styles witnesses to the discourse on identity that has been asserted and contested within the city. I will seek to understand how contemporary architects and city planners take into account historic architecture and meaning when designing. This project pairs analysis of architectural design and of urban layout with study of the social, economic, and political environment that influences the design. I will seek to show how visual perception of buildings reveal historical phases and significant development through methodological approaches of art history. Studying the built environment allows one to explore how individuals and groups conceptualize their relationships and lifestyles within spaces.