Land. Milk. Honey.

Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes

Turning a biblical promise into reality: how ideology translated into colonialism, settlement, urbanization, infrastructure, and mechanized agriculture radically reshaped the environment of Palestine-Israel. – The Israeli pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

 

Title Information

Rachel Gottesman, Tamar Novick, Iddo Ginat, Dan Hasson, Yonatan Cohen

1st edition

, 2021

Paperback

392 pages, 47 color and 111 monochrome illustrations

12 x 16.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-247-7

Content

The biblical metaphor of a “Land of Milk and Honey” has denoted for millennia a prophecy and promise for plenitude. This book, published in conjunction with the Israeli Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, examines the reciprocal relations between humans, animals, and the environment within the context of modern Palestine-Israel, and demonstrates how this promise has become an action-plan over the course of the twentieth century.

Land. Milk. Honey. investigates how colonialism, urbanization, and mechanized agriculture radically reshaped the environment and altered human-animal relationships. It shows how the celebrated metamorphosis of the region into a prosperous agricultural landscape was entangled with irreparable damage to the environment, as well as the disruption of human communities. And it highlights the predicaments that both the environment and its inhabitants are facing.

The fundamental changes the region has undergone are portrayed through the stories of five local animals: cow, goat, honeybee, water buffalo, and bat. These case-studies and analysis construct a spatial history of a place in five acts: Mechanization, Territory, Cohabitation, Extinction, and the Post-Human. A rich collection of literary excerpts, historical documents, archival photos, as well as short original vignettes reveals the story of this remarkable transfiguration and redesign.

 

Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2021.

Designed by Dana Gez, Studio Gimel2, Tel Aviv.

 

Rachel Gottesman is a historian and writer, and a lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

 

Tamar Novick is a senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she leads a working group on animals and knowledge.

 

Iddo Ginat is an architect and curator, and a lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

 

Dan Hasson is an architect, exhibition designer, and lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

 

Yonatan Cohen is an architect and urbanist and heading Architecture and Design at Mosaic, an Arizona-based construction-technology enterprise.

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Cover

Natural History Museum Collections, 2020 (the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University) © Sarale Gur Lavi

25 ft, 2016; 35 cm, 2017 © Netta Laufer

Modernization and technological efficiency in the Hebrew dairy industry: Tnuva Dairy, Haifa, 1941; Agricultural School for Women, Nahalal, 1936 © Zoltan Kluger

Stavit, the cow from Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, ca. 1950 © Stavit Collection; Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Archives

Hof Hasharon Dairy Farm, 2020 © Aviad Bar-Ness

Field of moveable frame hives, Jaffa, 1890 © Ludwig Armbruster, 1890; Armbruster's Bildersammlung zur Bienenkunde (Ludwig Armbruster's Apiary Photo Collection), on permanent loan from the University of Hohenheim to the Domäne Dahlem, Germany

Goats at Wadi Fara, 1920 © Mitzpe Album; Herbert and Edwin Samuel Photo Collection, Israel State Archives

The House Goat © Moshe Schorr

The Jordan River meandering through the Huleh swamp, ca. 1960 © Peter Merom

The Death of the Lake © Peter Merom

 

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