jerusalem design week 2018 explores ways to conserve heritage

jerusalem design week 2018 explores ways to conserve heritage

spreading across the capital of israel, jerusalem design week (JDW) takes place at the beginning of june and features the work of over 150 international designers from all over the world. through exhibitions, installations, live performances and film screenings, this year’s event explored the theme ‘con|serve’, interrogating conservation and conservatism and the role of design in these societal issues.


with less than century since the creation of israel, the designers display the pros and cons of what the country has achieved within this very short period of time, learning how to maintain yet still develop the country’s recent and very rich heritage. designboom shares the most outstanding showcases of this year’s event curated by anat safran and tal erez.


pro jerusalem society (PJS) — 100 years of preservation

curators: alexandra topaz, hadar porat, keren kinberg

designers: oded ben yehuda, grotesca design, rami tareef, ofri lifshitz, magenta workshop, major major major studio: yftah gazit, amir argov and shir senior, eliad michli and avior zada

all images © dor kedmi

the exhibition explores the work completed by the pro jerusalem society



in 1918 the first british governer established ‘the pro jerusalem society’, an association to create a city preservation plan which would represent the activities of all the residents of jerusalem. the exhibition explores the work completed by the society — the whole image of today’s jerusalem — and invites the visitors to reflect on how to preserve the city for the next 100 years.


a commonplace book of time

by: commonplace studio, jon stam, jesse howard, & tim knapen

the installation consists of a series of machines that transcribe snippets of information

the transcriptions reflect on how to deal with time



the installation consists of a pile of blank notebooks, a collection of objects, and a series of machines that transcribe snippets of information on a topic that concerns us all: how we understand, perceive and deal with time. by interacting with this installation, visitors publish a poetic discovery between deep time and real-time, making time or taking time, timelines, time capsules, space-time and time machines.


the human conservation project

curators: tal erez and anat safran
assistant curator: rona zinger
exhibition design: oba studio

the main exhibition explores the himan effort to conserve its own existance

the designers have created installations under five themes, including ‘ collective body’



the main exhibition of JDW 2018 explores the human effort to conserve its own existence, both as a cultural and biological endeavor. the project analyzes the mechanisms we install to uphold and prolong our physical existence, memory, and identity during and after our lifetime. the israeli and international designers paired to create projects under the themes of mind, body, us, collective mind and collective body.


salt repast

creators: michal evyatar and carmel bar

the fish captured into the salt structures was part of ‘salt repast’ performance

the event included extracting the fish and bringing it to the edible state

the installation aimed to share the cooking traditions of the country and of the local production



this show responds directly to the theme ‘con|serve’ — tons of salt were brought to jerusalem from the salt factory in small town atlit to exhibit the local traditions of conservation. michal evyatar and carmel bar have created a performance which involved extracting the ‘preserved’ fish from the salt structure using restoratrion facilities, special tools and various types of concoctions.


applied nature

curators: tal erez and anat safran

presenters: diana sherer, maya ben david, luca or

botanica by luca or

intervowen rug by diana scherer

digital garden by maya ben david


over the years fo developing technologies, the humankind has tamed the nature and made it a subject of design. the exhibition ‘applied nature’ features three projects which reflect on the possibilities of design in nature and vice versa.



dance performance by: the ka’et ensemble

the dance performance took place at the ‘revolution square’ space



the performance took place at the opening night of JDW in the ‘revolution square’ space, which is devoted to the designers, artists, and performers to express themselves freely and share what they have to say about the life of israel.


save or delete

designers: syfon studio, traffic design, zespół wespół

the exhibition optimizes the information and knowledge obtained through decades of years of history

the polish studios explore the everyday practice of each designer



trying to find a way to optimize the information and knowledge obtained through decades of years of history, the three studios from poland cover the topics based on the everyday practice of each designers’ collective — traditional art of the polish poster school, public spaces in poland, and the structures of learning.


the non-commercial event JDW 2018 info:


funded by:  the ministry of jerusalem and heritage and the jerusalem development authority

initiated by: hansen house

managed by: ran wolf and chen gazit of ran wolf urban planning and project management LTD.

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