New York – October 18, 2010: The prestigious Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize was awarded to Udi Kassif and Ganit Maislits Kassif, a husband-and-wife team of Israeli landscape artists, this month for their work in the redesign of the public spaces at the Tel Aviv Port.
Reconstruction of the Tel Aviv Port–which was founded in 1936 and fell into disuse in the 1950’s–began in 2001, using eco-friendly building guidelines with the objective of being transformed into an easily accessible hot spot for locals and travelers.
The redesign project competed against eight other European finalists selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants. The jury included prominent landscape architect Franco Zagari and Nigel Thorne, President of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture.
“We feel honored to be recognized with one of the world’s most prestigious design awards for such an important project for tourism to Israel,” says Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “The award is a true indicator of our commitment to reinvent the port as a cultural and entertainment epicenter in Tel Aviv.”
The restored Tel Aviv Port features a 65,600-square-foot-boardwalk, new seating areas, shops, bars and cafes.
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