The Hansen Home Heart Design, Media and Expertise, situated within the Jerusalem’s charming Talbiya neighborhood, was first established in 1887 as a leper asylum. Since being bought by the Jewish Nationwide Fund in 1950, the location has modified a number of homeowners earlier than finally falling within the palms of the Jerusalem Growth Authority, which initiated the Hansen Home preservation challenge.
The spectacular Jerusalem constructing not solely acts as a design, media, and expertise middle, it additionally shares its picturesque venue with a restaurant and store that vouch for sustainable agriculture and handmade produce, together with a vibrant bar by evening.
Thus, it’s no shock the Hansen Home has been residence to the Jerusalem Design Week. The occasion this yr is celebrating its eleventh birthday and is being held from June 23 to 30.
The annual public design occasion attracts over 40,000 guests, who come to see Israeli and worldwide designers current their work in over 40 occasions, exhibitions, and installations.
Since 2011, the Jerusalem Design Week has been the most important and most influential public design occasion in Israel. Extra so, in 2016 it turned a world occasion as nicely. This yr, the week additionally hosted designers from Turkey, Lithuania, Japan, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Slovakia.
With the theme of the week being “For Now,” the displays discover the ephemerality of design and asks how time may be harnessed for a constructive impact in unsure occasions. The designers deal with ecological threats, technological acceleration, and radical photo voltaic transformations to epitomize the time loop society is locked in, by which is it inconceivable to foretell the longer term and inconceivable to maintain the previous.
These talks are then made seen on the surfaces of the house in free-structured representations.
Two of the designers – Melodi Gulbaba and Ogul Oztuna – instructed Ynet of their pleasure to be in Israel, claiming the cultures of the 2 international locations are literally similar to one another.
“In the event you have been to place these individuals in Turkey, nobody would discover,” they mentioned, including that they really feel very snug and completely happy to be in Israel.
One other interactive challenge, additionally worldwide, is titled “Title of the Undertaking”. Designed by representatives from Slovenia’s Academy of Superb Arts and Design in Bratislava. The exhibit is a “whole-room portray” that begins from scratch and invitations its guests to choose up a brush and “come paint with us”.
This playground acts as a metaphor for design schooling and permits the scholars to get to know one another and their environment by bodily work and communication.
Doris Siskova, one of many artists, mentioned that moreover Israel being extraordinarily sizzling, she is “overwhelmed by how form individuals are,” and is happy to discover the nation throughout her keep.
The exhibit offered artificially printed reefs which are put in underwater and function a house for marine wildlife to remain and reproduce.
Ofer Berman, a doctoral scholar within the division, defined the progress the workforce on the Technion has made, with every mannequin changing into extra sustainable and modern.
Just like the designers, the group exploring the fascinating websites could be very various: Worldwide delegations, artists, and college students alike got here particularly to participate within the annual occasion.
The Jerusalem Design Week is made attainable by an array of collaborations with top-design magazines, the Israel Antiques Authority, international ministries, and extra.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion additionally attended the occasion’s opening, and made a short assertion in honor of the eleventh Jerusalem Design Week. “Jerusalem has leaped ahead in fields of artwork and tradition,” Lion mentioned proudly as he thanked everybody concerned for his or her efforts.
The grand occasion is becoming for all crowds, whether or not you’re a top-shot designer, a neighborhood artwork scholar, or only a vacationer in search of a enjoyable culture-rich night.
Admission is free, the venue contains an array of various food and drinks stands, in addition to charming musical exhibits. Don’t miss it!