Roads and Highways as late modernism: Cultural Social and political facets of Israeli landscape Architecture 1970-2000
The postdoctoral research Roads and Highways as late modernism: Cultural Social and political facets of Israeli Landscape Architecture 1970-2000 further develops the concept of roads as political-ideological landscape performances in a period of high political, social, and economic instability. It draws on a critical approach to landscapes and roads as well as historical research on landscape architecture in Israel. The research explores mechanisms and practices of highways and roads in the context of the second/late modernism, referring to the techno-social turn in landscape architecture. It examines the dialectics between traditional and modernist notions of landscape architecture, and the problem-solving systematic analytical approach of late modernism. The interdisciplinary research thus develops a hybrid methodology that uses conceptualization in landscape architecture with a critical historical approach to generate new perspectives on Israeli landscape architecture. The research is carried out under the supervision of Prof. landscape architect Tal Alon-Mozes and is supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).