Tel Aviv contains more than 4000 structures built in the 1930s and 1940s in the International Style, a close cousin to Art Deco, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Israel has developed a unique approach to historic preservation in modern cities with the dual goals of preserving these structures while minimizing harm and inconvenience to the local population. As a result of this approach, which allows the addition of new floors above the original structure, buildings are renovated, current residents owners are rewarded and the city’s rooftop canopy is transformed. The social, financial and architectural results of this policy will be described and a gallery of photographs will be presented.
Joel Levine is a Tour Guide and Board Member of the Miami Design Preservation League. For over 30 years he collected and restored radios and wind-up phonographs manufactured from 1900 to 1960, eventually acquiring more than 600 items. While his original interest was in the technical design, Joel’s interests evolved to appreciate the Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern cases and cabinets. Since retiring, Joel and his wife have had the opportunity to visit Moderne buildings in several countries. This presentation is a result of Joel’s interest in both history and design.