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In the span of the last century, concrete water towers were erected in settlements and towns across Israel, primarily to fulfill a functional need. Thanks to their unique characteristics, the water towers became iconic landmarks, public meeting places and for many at the time, symbols of the re-settling of the land. Obsolescence and neglection of these towers raises the need to reclaim their communal role as public spaces in a form adequate to contemporary lifestyle.

Bezalel, the Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem, in collaboration with preservation organizations and with the support of the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence, invites young architects to submit conceptual re-purpose and design proposals for an existing water tower, in an attempt to revive their social centricity.

A jury consisting of members of the Israeli architecture, art and preservation communities will select winning proposals in two parallel competitions: one for students from any Israeli academic institute, sponsored by the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize, and one for architects under 40.

Submission Deadline: 21.10.2010
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