The exhibition SAFE HAVEN draws attention to the shelter and to the myriad of architectural realizations of civil defense that shape the environment and assert the presence of the security threat and the military violence that is intrinsic to everyday life in Israel.
Defense architecture is planned in accordance with building rules and regulations, yet in terms of the architectural discourse, it is usually taken for granted and viewed as a required security measure or a necessary aid. In fact, its character and form are decided upon almost entirely outside of the planner?s authority. Architects where not active partners in the discussion about current defense and security legislations such as: The standardization of civil defense through the introduction of the domestic shelter unit in 1992 and the shift in front line security that stemmed from the decision to secure the settlements in the area engulfing Gaza (2008).
The exhibition examines the architectural and social implications of the presence of civil defense in day-to-day life, as well as the role that defense architecture fulfills in the construction of the perception of Israel being under threat. This perspective is a breeding ground for secure living alternatives, even if they are in their initial stages.
Opening reception: 28.12.10 at 20.00 Exhibition curators and designers are the architects: Shelly Cohen, Tula Amir, Nir Rotem, Dafna Levin and Ofir Zenathy.
Expert consultant in the field of Home-Front Defense: Avi Bitzur Participants in Alphabetical order: Benny Izak, Hadas Itzkovitz, Omri Anghel, Activision, Roee Bushi, Yoram Blumenkrantz, Michael Bar-Am, Tsibi Geva, Tal Gur, Yuval Tavul, Tsufit Tuvi and Ami Tsruya from ?Kav? landscape architecture, Yaron Turel, Ezri Tarazi, Nava Yanai from A.B Planners ltd, Orit Yishai, Ram Levi and Joshua Sobol, Shachar Levi, Hila lulu lin, Yoav Meiri and the Artis group, David Nofar architects, Satio Architects, Shelly Federman, Oleg Kalashnikov & Stanislav Kuzmin, Ziv Koren, Arik Katsav, Miki Karzman, Ester Schurzman Helbrecht, Yuval Shagli, Nati Shamiya Ofer, Sarit Shani Chai, Asaf Shafir and Naama Pyritz, Eitan Sharif.
Participants from the open call submissions: Michal Biber, Dekel Godovitch, Yossi Gibri, Dan Handel, Naomi Hendler, Lee Zilberstein, Eli Jacobson, Carmella Karmi, Daniel Mintz and Talia Trainin, Gil Peled, Gali Rollof Handel, Ofir Shalev.
The exhibition was produced in collaboration with: UIA (International Union of Architects) Israel and the Beit Ha? Adrichal gallery.Exhibition sponsors: The Mifal Ha?Pais cultural council; The IDF (Israeli Defense forces), The Home Front Command; Amigur Assets Management ltd, the Jewish Agency housing projects.
Corporate sponsors: Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises ltd., Readymix Industries Israel, The Allied Investment group ltd., Beth El Industries ventilation and filtration systems, Games and Sports ltd, Palraz engineering ltd., Majed Abu Eyash ? contractor, Assi Bar from Searock construction ltd., Aminograph ltd. ? Photograph services and plotter printing, Shalon Chemical Industries ltd., Shalvi Industries ltd., Ran Naor from Ortech Defense systems ltd., Achidex Natsrat Ilit ltd
The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel ?Aviv University.Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery. The Michel Kikoine Foundation