Leead Malki

Ariel University

School of Architecture

P41 | THE CITY OF DAVID. Defining the presentness of the past.

by Leead Malki  

In order to have 'Historical Significance' the past has to have some Presentness of the past, not only the 'pastness' of the past. It must have a 'meaningful presence.' We have to re-examine, re-discover and re-evaluate the past rather than investigate it. The pure historian will object, yet the pure historian creates nothing." Robert Venturi (Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture)
Jerusalem is a city that lives Venturi's quote on a daily basis. Its presence is meaningful because it is based on its historical significance. My study is seeking to re-examine, re-discover and re-evaluate an additional layer that is part of a local and a universal everyday life. I am presenting an optional way of thinking: Designing in the present for the future, where the past is a part of the everyday life routine. As a case study, I chose the city of David-Siloam, the ancient city near Jerusalem's old city and today an archeological site, where the local structure is built on centuries of layers and life. Deep underground some of the most exciting archeological findings are being revealed, while above ground the city is a vibrant center of activity for tourists, but mostly for those who actually live above these ancient grounds.


Leead Malki  was born in Israel. She lived and studied in New York for six years. She graduated from the School of Architecture, Ariel University in 2010. Since then, Leead has been practicing as an architect in architectural firms and gaining practical experience. In October 2013 she is planning to begin her studies for an MArch part II degree in Architecture at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Her final thesis project in her BArch studies was chosen to participate and compete in several architectural competitions like "The David Azrieli Award" for graduates from Israeli Schools of Architecture (2011) and the “Ot Haitzuv” Design Award - The Israeli Conference for Architecture and Design (2011) exhibition and competition. "As a young architect I understand that the raw material, process and the final product each have their own importance in their role in the production of an architectural creation. My aspiration while planning a project is to enjoy the creative process and the challenges that arise, and continue designing from a sincere place of discovery, curiosity and experiencing throughout practice".