Building Toward The Future
10 May 2016
Photo: YU News
CED is committed to introducing students to a practice of environmental design that respects difference, and confronts injustice and inequity in the making of buildings, communities, and urban landscapes. Students come from wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds to make CED an extraordinary diverse space. This year Jordan Miodownik from Yeshiva College was accepted to the Masters of Architecture program. Yeshiva College is an undergraduate university in New York with dual educational program that combines liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional studies with the study of Torah and Jewish heritage.
In his application to the program Jordan Miodownik offered designs for a project he calls the “Unity Pavilion,” to be placed on the border between Israel and Gaza. “I was challenged to design a temple space for the modern era,” he explained. “In an effort to unite the oft-warring occupants of Israel, I designed a space that funneled in natural light and the sounds of the Mediterranean Sea so that temple-goers are allowed to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ God’s presence in their own minds. Placing the temple in this context reminds us, if only for a brief moment, that we are all just human beings, looking to make our way in the world.”