The idea of cooperative housing for workers was imported to this country from Germany and Vienna. At the beginning of the 1930’s, the Histadrut (national trade union) began building housing for workers in Tel Aviv. Following an initiative by the Jerusalem Workers Council in 1932, Zipporah Neufeld and Avraham Cherniak won an architecture competition for designing the Workers Housing “A” project Rehavia, which was the first of its kind in the city, after which others were built. It was also the largest and most important undertaking in the professional lives of the two architects. The project surrounds an inner courtyard that enables every apartment to have its own private entrance.
During this 30-minute tour with Sigal Davidi, an architect and architecture historian, she will describe the concept of workers housing in general, and that of Jerusalem in particular. She will also shed more light on Avraham Cherniak and Zipporah Neufeld, the architects who designed the project. Neufeld was the first female graduate of the Department of Architecture at the Technion. The tour will end at its starting point.