Tamar Ben-Israel

Second‭  ‬year Studio

“Potential Space”

Led by ‭| ‬Architect Sarah Gensel

Implementing the ideas of Winnicott‭ (‬Psychoanalysis‭, ‬1896-1971‭) ‬about the‭ ‬“potential space”‭, ‬in planning of a merger between residential neighborhoods and industrial zone in jerusalem‭.‬


The potential space is any experience in the intermediate realm between objective reality and subjective reality as perceived by‭ ‬man‭. ‬The‭ ‬“middle field”‭ ‬is actually both an external and an inner reality‭. ‬Winnicott called it‭ ‬“the potential space”‭. ‬The potential space is a place that also includes elements of imagination‭, ‬and reality‭, ‬without these opposites interfering with each other or requiring selection between them‭. ‬According to Winnicott‭, ‬a smooth transition in the potential space‭, ‬between imagination and reality facilitates in creating a state of‭ ‬“mental health”‭.‬

The urban skeleton I recognized exists as a form having characteristics of a delta‭. ‬When the current of the river is the living‭ ‬area‭- ‬the reality‭, ‬and the estuary of the delta is the industrial zone‭, ‬the imagination‭. ‬The axis begins as a flowing river downward‭, ‬in a coherent‭, ‬structured way‭. ‬Life cycle‭, ‬permanent‭. ‬As it progresses downwards‭, ‬into the industrial zone‭, ‬the river receives the urban skeleton‭, ‬the axis‭, ‬and many branches and changes‭. ‬As the delta’s branches‭, ‬the structure becomes irregular‭, ‬covers a wide area and is characterized by varying layers‭.‬

In order to create a‭ ‬“potential space”I planned a new structured strip between the two street that defined the borders between the industrial and the residential areas‭. ‬My goal was to create a‭ ‬“middle space”‭ ‬that will contain residential‭, ‬educational‭, ‬commerce‭, ‬culture and‭  ‬industry together‭.‬