Edna Langenthal

PhD in Architecture & Philosophy
Tel Aviv University
Dissertation topic:  Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture: Between the Technological, the Ethical and the Poetic.

Edna Langenthal received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. After practicing architecture as an associate at Langenthal-Balasiano Architects , she studied Philosophy at Tel Aviv University,  finishing her Masters degree in 2004 on the subject:  "Space, Place and the Question of Home in the Philosophy of Heidegger".
Edna is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. The subject of her research is Phenomenology of Architecture: Between the ethical and the Poetic; the Meditations of Heidegger and Levinas.
She is a lecturer at the School of Architecture at Ariel University Center of Samaria, where she teaches first year studio in architecture, incorporating philosophical and ethical questions.

A Personal Perspective:
In Edna's words: " I felt privileged to be part of the Azrieli Fellowship not only due to the excellent conditions needed for carrying  out research, but also for the academic home it opened to me. A home where the there was always someone on the staff who was ready to lend an ear in time of need. The meetings with my peers in the program and with other researchers and academics, whose research, remarks and questions broadened the mind scape, were priceless. This experience was exceptional on the personal level and also for our academic community, for it created an interdisciplinary bond between us, which undoubtedly will contribute it's share to Israeli and international Society and the international." 

Langenthal, Edna. "Paul Engelmann and Contemplation on Dwelling in Israel," Motar 16-17 (2010): 97-106. (Tel Aviv University Press) [In Hebrew]

Langenthal, Edna. "Reflections on Education in Archi-Tecture," Architext 1 (Ariel: Journal of Architecture, The Ariel University Center of Samaria Department of Architecture 2009): 57-61. [In Hebrew]
Langenthal, Edna. “Between Architecture and Philosophy: On the Concept of the ‘House’ in the thought of Levinas". Moreshet Israel (Ariel University Center of Samaria 2006): 12-16. [In Hebrew]

Langenthal, Edna. "What is a beginning?," in The “Temper” Project: Interface Programs for the Prehistoric Sites 'Ovadia' And 'Sha'ar Hagolan', Antiquities Authority, (Jeruslaem: published in collaboration with the European Community, 2005), pp. 75-80. [In Hebrew]

Langenthal, Edna. "Where are we? Understanding transparency as a place of depth," in Transparency and Architecture: Challenging the Limits, Eds. Vavili Fani & Dova Evanthia. (Thessaloniki: Ziti Publication, 2007): 572-581.

Editing of Journal:

Langenthal, Edna and Alhadif, Itzik; Editors of Architext Journal of Architecture 1-2, (Ariel: The Ariel University Center of Samaria Department of Architecture, 2009-2011). [In Hebrew]
The voluntary activity that I took part in during the past years, while part of the Azrieli Fellowship, served as a link between two programs supported by the Azrieli family. The first of the two being the Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment located both in Acco and Be'er-Sheva. The second, which I participated in, is a program that works with those excelling in their graduate studies. This scholarship provided not only a unique opportunity to broaden each of the associates academic horizons, but to also contribute to the community through this enlightening experience.
During the first year we held the program in the city of Acco. The Fellows that participated were: Tal Modai, Fatina Abreek- Zubiedat and Shira Sprecher and I.
During the second year the program was held in Jaffa. The Fellows that participated were: Tal Modai, Fatina Abreek- Zubiedat, Shira Sprecher and Liat Savin Ben-Shoshan and I.
During the third year which was held in Be'er-Sheva, participation was with Natanel Elfassy. The main idea behind the workshops we created was to reinforce the bond between Be'er-Sheva's youth and the architectural legacy of their city, by introducing them to architecturally cultivated surroundings. Experimental analysis of the connection between the city's sites its citizens, was the foundation for the discussion about the values of preservation, and the development of responsibility and belonging in their feelings towards their city of residence.
The meetings included varied activities and experiences. The initial acquaintance with their surroundings was through activities such as drawing cognitive maps.  Other activities were aimed at developing the youths' perception by means of bodily experience and scale. The final event was a "treasure hunt" in the old city. 
The activity was very successful (and we held the program ain in Be'er-Sheva the following year, as Azrieli Alumni). It was a very unique experience for the children as well as for us.