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Beersheba: Brutalist Architecture in the Middle of the Desert


Negev Brigade Monument - Dani Karavan (1963-1968). Image © Stefano Perego

Negev Brigade Monument – Dani Karavan (1963-1968). Image © Stefano Perego

Located 108 kilometers to the south of Tel Aviv, Beersheba (Be’er Sheva) is one of Israel‘s oldest cities. Although in existence since biblical times, military campaigns and occupations have seen it destroyed and rebuilt throughout the centuries, resulting in the juxtaposition of various time periods and cultures that can be seen throughout the city. One of Beersheba’s principal transformations happened during the population boom of the 1950s sparked by the formation of the State of Israel in 1948. To keep up with the need for housing, the government rebuilt and expanded the city, which soon transformed from a small military outpost of 4,000 people to a vibrant urban center in the middle of the Negev Desert.

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