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This aerial image of Tel Aviv shows some structures of note, including the Tel Aviv City Hall at Rabin Square (far left) and the former I.B.M. Building on Weizmann Street (far right), designed by Yasky & Partners.

Tel Aviv quickly earned the nickname the White City, and from this photograph (3 of 6) it’s easy to see where it came from. The city’s architecture is overwhelmingly in the International and Bauhaus style. The architecture is designed to favor function over form. The functionalism of Tel Aviv’s architecture compliments the socialist aesthetic of 1930s and 40s Zionist political mentality. The International style embraced in Tel Aviv is now understood to be a perfect match for the Zionist project.

The nickname “White City” is not without controversy, and debates over Tel Aviv’s double image as White City and Black City have emerged in recent years. Namely, the term Black City refers to the disadvantaged south.


Hatuka, Tali. Violent Acts and Urban Space in Contemporary Tel Aviv. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010) p. 152

Mann, Barbara E. A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv, and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006) p. 158-161

“King Shaul” Boulevard in Tel-Aviv.. Process Architecture, 44 (1984): 124

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Subject Headings

Land use -- Aerial photography in land use -- Israel -- Tel Aviv; Cities and towns -- Israel -- Tel Aviv; Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Modern movement;

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bauhaus, international style, tourism, israel, tel aviv, aerial, I.B.M. Building, Tel Aviv City Hall, Rabin Square