The ethical, the social and the aesthetic in contemporary archite

The ethical, the social and the aesthetic in contemporary architecture in Israel: Theoretical examination of the practice

Architect Shelly Cohen

The focus of the research paper is a proposal for a theoretical and practical framing of the relation between the ethical, the social and the aesthetic in architecture practice in Israel. In this research, I seek to examine and analyze theories and methodologies that developed in the 20th and 21st centuries in the world and in Israel, in the field of architecture and spatial planning, and which proposed conceptual frameworks for ethical, social and aesthetic perceptions and the relation between them. Through these theories and methodologies, I shall examine architectural projects that were planned in the course of the past decade in Israel for disadvantaged population groups, in response to planning needs that the authorities and market do not provide for. These projects are initiated by architects, the academy, the community or the civilian society, and their planning is carried out through community involvement.