Skip to main content the guardian back to home. White city black city is a story of two intertwining narratives that of colonised and coloniser today the hebrew city of tel aviv glitters white its bauhaus influenced modernist architecture betraying few traces of the city which once stood where it now stands the arab city of jaffa. White city black city architecture and war in tel aviv and jaffa by barbara mann cities are notoriously hard to pin down they are a work in progress always already both dynamic stage and evolving container of the diverse lives that move in and out of them. Nicknamed the white city tel aviv prides itself on its display of bauhaus architecture but this version of the story all but ignores the relationship tel aviv had with its parent city jaffa palestines major port city at the time. Today the hebrew city of tel aviv gleams white against the desert sky its bauhaus inspired architecture betraying few traces of what came before it the arab city of jaffa in white city black city the israeli architect and author sharon rotbard offers two intertwining narratives that of colonized and colonizer
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