|Ph.D Student||Elhyani Zvi|
|Subject||Multi-Contextual Approaches to Architectural Archiving:|
Knowledge Restoration for the Historiography of
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Rivka Oxman|
|Professor Emeritus Robertmaurice Oxman|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
Architectural Archiving is a sub-discipline of both Archiving and of the History and Historiography of Architecture. A central architectural archive, physical or hybrid, was never constructed in Israel. Its absence caused an ongoing dispersal of Architectural Records, and in many cases to their loss, as one may learn from the dissertation's primal survey. Hence, the research is based, among other things, on a growing demand for architectural archival materials and for the vast volume of information and data they hold.
Following the assumption that this critical starting point can become a lever for change, the dissertation objective is the construction of a new advanced archive model. The research's central argument is that an advanced method of managing and accessing remaining archival materials - has the power to go beyond drawing direct knowledge from those materials, to retrieve larger circles of the missing general body of knowledge of architecture in Israel. This critical starting point also demonstrates the necessity to broaden recognized definitions of architectural records beyond the discipline's limits and the power to enhance the architectural archive through the introduction of social-participatory internet platforms into the Participatory Archive and Folksonomy.
The research presents a case study of the traditional archiving process exemplified by the Ziva Armoni (1926-2010) personal archive. The proposed Multi-Contextual Archival Process has been applied to the case study from the very first stages of its archival arrangement while locating it in wider architectural, cultural and historical contexts. The study of a specific record presents the potential of a rhizomic fabric to branch out by applying an advanced archival process. This research spread out multiple possibilities inherent in the proposed multi-contextual process and its potential to re-build undocumented volumes of architectural history.
A number of questions, concerning future prospects of this research, are raised by its findings and conclusions: the expansion of the definitions of traditional archive materials; the potential for expanded uses inherent in those materials, beyond the obvious field of planning; the potential influence of the shifting architectural archive on the future of Architectural Historiography. Moreover, the research conclusions demonstrate the necessary future changes concerning the definition of the 'Architectural Archivist', who is transformed from a passive and conventional guardian to become an active, participator and innovative manager of the archival records. The ultimate goal is to form a new research field and skill which may be named Architectural Information Management .