Theses Master's

The Limestone and Concrete Spectrum of Giv’at Ram Campus, Jerusalem

Lieber Gal, Dana

The entangled realm of Israel Palestine is explored through the prism of the limestone-concrete spectrum. By deconstructing a few aspects of this complexity into themes related to elements, matter, building materials, construction sites, architecture, and history, a more layered reality is revealed. The Giv'at Ram campus, a mid-century modernistic project designed in 1953 as part of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, serves as the site for this exploration.

Although limestone and concrete are frequently linked with opposing concepts, in the Israel Palestine region, those concepts often amalgamate. This thesis is questioning the material binary, and by doing so, dismantles other dichotomic perceptions of the region.
The thesis employs a multidimensional methodology for this study, such as interviews, lab analysis of Giv’at Ram specimens, and archival research. By focusing on themes related to geology, documentation, quarries, visual effect, construction, money, and labor, an alternative narrative emerges.

Limestone and concrete seen as the most tangible expressions of broader regional relationships; thus, this exploration offers a different perception not only of the Giv’at Ram campus but also of the entire Israeli Palestinian terrain.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Historic Preservation
Thesis Advisors
Wigley, Mark Antony
Trienens, Amanda B.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 14, 2023