Why being an avid traveler & backpacker makes you a better architect & city planner

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Exploring the world earns you important skills and tools to become a better architect and city planner; From developing sensitivity and feel for spaces, through learning communication skills to getting inspiration from vernacular architecture.

Venice Morning Concert – The people who make the city

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A footage of Venice in the morning with Vivaldi on the background became an editing Étude, an urban concert dedicated to those who make Venice – sweeping, collecting garbage, loading, carrying and unloading, through the meandering alleys and canals.

Supermoon total lunar eclipse – Jaffa – Tel Aviv – September 28, 2015

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Supermoon total lunar eclipse occured on September 28th, 2015. Here are some photos of the moon taken from Old Jaffa and Tel Aviv promenade. And here are sights of Tel Aviv beach early morning following the eclipse  

Haifa Carmelit Underground Funicular – Replacement of main cable

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The “Carmelit” is Haifa’s underground funicular, linking the lower city (“Downtown”) at sea level and the Carmel Center at 274 meters above sea level. In July 2015, the main cable of the system was replaced. Watch a video and still photos of the process.

Aspern – Seestadt – Vienna’s urban lakeside – a model for a new suburb?

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An inspiring visit to Aspern – Seestadt – Vienna’s new suburb. Varied materials, colors and landscape details and a pleasant urban design make this new town a unique model for a new suburb

Sounds of the Old City – Jerusalem

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The Sounds of the Old City festival, is held for the fourth time in the Old City of Jerusalem, bringing various musicians to the vivid paths of the Old City

Winter signs – Tel Aviv Port

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First signs of winter brought CB clouds to the area, that created beautiful rain curtains and washed the port deck, leaving a double rainbow and smiling people.

Warsaw Muranów Urban Renewal – "Nalewki – Andersa Square" – 3 – Street and Buildings

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The square is shaped by several buildings and structures which bring life into Andersa Street. Inspired by prewar buildings, what shape should they wear?

Warsaw Muranów Urban Renewal – "Nalewki – Andersa Square" – 2 – Stacja Muranów

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Not just another metro station, but an integrated space, inspired by prewar buildings layout, connected to the street by natural light and sight, and comfortably accessible using intriguing passages

Warsaw Muranów Urban Renewal – "Nalewki – Andersa Square" – 1 – Analysis and Overview

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Creating meaningful public spaces, adding buildings for various uses and construction of a metro station are suggested to create a vivid hub for Muranów, inspired by the life that existed there before the war.

"Golden Polish Autumn" – Warsaw Foliage

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Warm colors wash Warsaw landscape during “Golden Polish Autumn”. A pictorial tour provides an opportunity for a brief insight into Warsaw’s best gardens, streets and tranquil suburbs.

Warsaw Muranów Architecture Project – First Semester Summary

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Intervention in Warsaw / Muranów inspired by pre-war urban tissue. Summary of first semester of the project presenting historical development, values, commemoration issues, master plan and sample intervention ideas

Feeling/Filling Void – Warsaw / Muranów Architecture Project – Phase Three – Intervention

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Initial intervention ideas inspired by pre-war Warsaw urban tissue are presented through excerpts from a computerized model

Feeling/Filling Void – Warsaw / Muranów Architecture Project – Phase Two

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In this post we shall get a glimpse to pre-war Warsaw and its urban characteristics, followed by a comparison to current Warsaw, through aerial photos and analyses.

Feeling/Filling Void – Former Warsaw Ghetto Architecture Project – Phase One

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I chose the former Warsaw Ghetto area as the site for the final Architecture and Town Planning studies project. In this post a summary of the first phase of the project is presented – observations, data analysis, history, conflicts, and finally architectural research questions, some ideas and relevant references

People of Iceland – Part B – Reykjavík, Menningarnótt

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Encounters with people of Iceland in the capital Reykjavík, most of them during Menningarnótt – “culture night”

Bunkers in Albania

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A tour back to Albania’s communist era through sights of Enver Hoxha’s bunkers scattered all over the country

Snow in Jerusalem – January 9th-10th, 2013

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Video coverage of the snow event in Jerusalem – Surrounding the Old City Walls from West to East and visiting picturesque Baka and German Colony

Haifa Trail Urban Trek – the DNA of the city: Lessons from Haifa Tourism Conference

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Haifa Trail was initiated as an urban trek, but the trail is more than that – as it identifies and leverages Haifa’s essence or “DNA”, it serves as an important platform for various urban aspects, such as: city branding, community empowering, framework for sport and culture activities and a potential to significantly contribute to the local economy.

Haifa Trail was launched by the first tourist and runner

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Haifa Trail was inaugurated, as Thomas Fietz, a Trail Runner from Germany, completed the 70 Kilometers of the trail in 15 hours, divided to two days. Thomas was the first to complete the whole trail, the first tourist on the trail, and the first to run it.

The abandoned industrial legacy of Fier, Albania – Part 3 – Waiting for adaptive reuse…

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Can a huge industrial complex in Fier, Albania, can be reused? Site structure analysis may give inspiration to those who care about Albania and may give a new meaning to remains of an era that many Albanians prefer to forget.

Sderot, Israel – Urban public space of shelters

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Take a look at the streets of Sderot, a town under threat of rockets, where people have only 15 to 30 seconds to find a shelter during rockets alarm

New York City Manhattan and Bridges Bike Ride Video

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My first bike ride in New York City, in the heart of Manhattan!
Experience the exciting ride yourself…

San Francisco Aerial Tour

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An aerial tour above San Francisco Bay and the city of San Francisco during sunset gives a unique point of view on one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Tel Aviv Beach, Winter Version

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Rain? Wind? High waves? For some, this is the best time to go out to the sea. Let’s take a look at a winter version of Tel Aviv beach.

Bicycle riders enjoy Haifa’s mountain subway – the "Carmelit"

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The Carmelit, Haifa’s subway system that connects downtown with the Carmel ridge neighborhoods, is now open for bicycle riders. Join the first ride of bikers in the Carmelit.

Tel Aviv Tent City – photos from Rothschild boulevard

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The melting pot of the Summer 2011 social protest in Israel – Tel Aviv Rothschild boulevard tent city – in photos

New York City – Above, Below, People, Geometry

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A 24 hours visit to New York brings observation into the reciprocity of forms and people taking place above and below ground in the ‘Big Apple’.

Above New York to Rome – photo presentation

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Although Earth aerial images are widely available today in the Internet, there’s no substitute to looking out of an airplane window and exploring the earth (or the sea) beneath. Watch a photo presentation of pictures taken during a transatlantic flight from New York to Rome.

Hail Storm and flowing streams in Haifa

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A winter day in the middle of the spring brought a thunder stormy morning to Haifa. After half an hour a white blanket of hail covered the neighborhood followed by gushing water filling the small, usually dry, streams draining the slopes.

Palm Sunday in Haifa

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Palm Sunday was celebrated today in colorful festivities in Downtown Haifa.
Here are some souvenirs from the events…

Winter Landscape Contrasts in Haifa and the Technion

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A nice winter day paints Haifa sky with dark colors on the background of sun lit neighborhoods. The rain that came a few minutes later left its marks on the Technion paths, creating interesting compositions.

A Glimpse of Georgia – The country of natural and human beauty

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A Glimpse of Georgia (Gruzia), the wonderful Caucasus country rich with natural beauty and wonderful people…

The European Mountain Bike Championship Haifa 2010

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Photo coverage of the Elite races of the European Mountain Bike Championship 2010 that took place in Haifa, Israel.

Calatrava Obelisk in The Technion, Haifa, Israel

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The “Obelisk” is a recent addition to the main courtyard of the Thechnion. Conceived by Santiago Calatrava and dedicated to the memory of Russel Berrie, this unique kinetik statue is a focal point in the Technion.

Delhi 2009 – Pahar Ganj area, Metro, Streets

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2009 Delhi is dazzling and enchanting as ever, but with a strong flavor of renovation. The fabulous Metro system, cellular everywhere, CNG operated rickshaws and even rumors about a Main Bazar face lift, bring a fresh sight to India’s vibrant capital.

Guess the place from above !

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We all like to admire places from viewpoints, whether natural or man made. This presentation is a journey-quiz through sights seen from man made towers in various countries…

Tastes of Romania – Model 1999

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A journey to Romania in April 1999. It was a voyage back in time… Join a journey through Romania’s rural areas as well as some more familiar urban places, and meet its landscapes and people.

Calatrava Pedestrian Bridge Petah-Tikva

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Documentation of the construction works of the Santiago Calatrava Pedestrian Bridge above Jabotinsky Road in Petah-Tikva, Israel.

Yin Yang Venice – Digital artwork

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Yin-Yang interpretation of a bird eye view of Venice. Inspired by a visit to Venice that came immediately after a long trip to China

Journey along China’s Yangtze rising water due to Three Gorges Dam construction

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A historical cruise along China’s Yangtze river, where people, villages and towns are relocated due to the rising water level following Three Gorges Dam construction.

Beijing Bird’s Nest National Stadium Construction, and neighboring area destruction

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A three months long journey is coming to an end, time to checkout the construction works of China’s national stadium in Beijing, which is going to be the focal point of the 2008 Olympic Games. Will I be able to go inside and explore?

Bulgaria Mountainous tour 2002

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Photos from Bulgaria – A trip in Rila, Pirin, Rodopi ranges with a climb to Vihren Peak, and visit in Shiroka Loka, Plovdiv, Sofia, Trigrad Canyon, Bansko and more…

World Trade Center New York Twin Towers Memorial Page

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Photographed memories from the New York City World trade Center Twin Towers

World photos collage

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A landscape collage made of pieces of photos taken all over the world (USA, UK, Austria, Nepal, Vietnam, Israel, Thailand). The world is indeed made of pieces, and they are all combined to one system…

Some images from Amsterdam

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Some impressions from a short visit to Amsterdam. Surprisingly, most I could see was bicycles.

Original ’80s LEGO models

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Fly a spaceship, explore the stars, visit peculiar urban designs and meet some nice machinery… My almost forgotten LEGO designs, mostly from the 1980s.

Images from Turkey – Kaçkar, Cappadocia, and more…

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Images from Turkey – Kaçkar, Erzurum, Kars, Ani, Cappadocia, and more…