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Heritage Protection
and the Common Good

Open Call for the HaDira Residency Program at Liebling Haus

Does heritage protection align with the common good? Are the aesthetic or historical values of buildings private or public matters? Who has the right to the White City? How do the citizens of the city perceive their connection and responsibility to historic buildings and to the urban environment? What are the relations between the various stakeholders? Is the nomination of the White City as a World Heritage Site a blessing or a burden?


Liebling Haus invites local and international creatives from various disciplines to apply for our residency program centered on the topic of heritage protection and the common good – between public and private interests. The program serves as a platform for artistic investigation and action, and active critical commentary on processes the city is undergoing. The program intends to examine the challenges posed by political decisions regarding heritage sites, especially those that UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared as World Heritage Sites. The residency offers an opportunity for participants to consider how the built space and the local community are affected by policies and  regulation that were approved following the UNESCO nomination of Tel Aviv as a World Heritage Site (The White City).

The project is a collaboration with the Planning Policy Lab at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and is accompanied by academic research on the conflicts and challenges associated with world heritage protection. This comparative analysis centers on two case studies: Tel Aviv and Vienna and examines three scales – supra-national, national and local, testing the link between the application of international norms (commitment to preservation) and changes occurring in political and local arenas. The research addresses questions such as: How does the acceptance of international norms influence the various stakeholders – property owners, entrepreneurs, city residents and visitors? How do they feel about preservation and how do they deal with the various conflicts and challenges it brings about?


Creatives are invited to examine the link between the common good and private interests in the White City, while referring to the conservation of buildings, the spaces in between buildings, and the public space. The program seeks to broaden the view and to examine the tensions and challenges that exist on site, fourteen years after the initiation of Tel Aviv’s Heritage Preservation Plan, published after the UNESCO declaration.

Residency duration – four months: Sept-Dec 2022

HaDira (The apartment) Residency Program

The HaDira residency takes place in Lucie and Eugen Scheuer’s home on Liebling Haus’s third floor, echoing the original residential use of the building and allowing creatives to spend time and draw inspiration from a typical international-style apartment. HaDira offers participants a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the historical ​​and cultural values it incorporates, with temporary residency serving as an act of conservation and a chance to rethink urban living. Program participants explore dwelling, everyday life in the city, memory, and urban conservation in the past, present, and future. The program promotes a creative process inspired by the relationship between the apartment and its surroundings as a platform for dialogue. The program is therefore both an artistic investigation and an active critical commentary on the core issues of Liebling Haus as a center for urbanism, architecture and conservation. 

Program structure

During the residency the participants meet weekly for three-hour long group study and work sessions. The first residency month is dedicated to studying the program theme and includes lectures by visiting professionals, tours and meetings. The program is a collaboration with the Technion and the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Conservation Department and Engineering Administration. In the months Oct-Dec the weekly meetings are dedicated to discussion and development of the subjects chosen by participants for their work. During the residency, each participant will hold two meetings with the public on their personal project (workshop/event/lecture/tour, etc.), and at the end of the residency period participants will display their proposals. The work process is open to the public – visitors at Liebling Haus and its website. At the end of the program each project is presented to the public in a publication (catalogue/website/exhibition, etc.). During the residency participants collaborate with the residency blog, in a medium of their choice.

The HaDira apartment

A group of creatives from Israel and Vienna will work at the apartment (Israelis for the entire residency period, Viennese for one month, in total 8 participants). The apartment has four rooms, three serve as workspaces (2 artists per space). The fourth room, the living room, hosts the weekly meetings. The living room will also contain the relevant research materials that are available to the residency participants and the public and is where the artists present their work in process. The apartment rooms are open to visitors when the artists are present and locked in their absence. The living room and balcony are always open to the public. Participants are expected be at the apartment at least two days a week.


Who can apply:

Artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, architects, urbanists, activists, and individuals or groups whose work is linked to the built environment (public/private/in-between), to conservation, landscape, community, sustainability and urbanism.

How to apply:

Applicants will submit one PDF file no larger than 10 MB to an online application form linked below. The applicant’s full name in English must appear in the file name. The file itself shall include:

  1. Applicant’s contact details (name, email, phone number, address)

  2. CV/Resume

  3. Short bio (half-page)

  4. Portfolio (max 10 images, video works or digital documentation shall be added as links)

  5. Artist statement describing the relation between the applicant’s work and the residency topic, the ways in which they can contribute to and benefit from participation in the program and any other relevant information the applicant wishes to share (max. 1 page or 500 words)

We offer:

  • Residency participation stipend of 6,600 ILS, including VAT

  • Workspace – a room for every two participants in the apartment, for a period of four months

  • Curatorial support by the curator and residency program director, Arch. Sabrina Cegla, throughout the work process

  • Learning and discussion sessions led by senior Liebling Haus personnel and project partners from the Tel Aviv Municipality and the Technion, including conservation architects, city planners, educators and designers

  • Display of participants’ work on social media and the various Liebling Haus digital platforms 

  • Project documentation

  • Possible exhibition subject to fund raising

Applicants are required to commit fully to the structure and requirements of the residency program described here 

Final date for submissions: 30 Apr 2022

Participant announcement: 2 June 2022

Beginning of residency: 1 Oct 2022

End of residency: 31 Dec 2022

For any other questions contact:

The residency board consists of members of Liebling Haus; Technion- Israel Institute of Technology; The Engineering Administration, Head of the Conservation Dept and cultural representatives at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

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