The Factory: On Architecture and Industry in Argaman, Yavne

Published November 2011
Author: Tali Hatuka

This book addresses the relationships between work and working place by analyzing the evolution and development of the Textile Factory Argaman in Yavne city, Israel. The factory has been an object of study for analyzing labor, production technology, workers, mangers, etc. But the factory as a building, as a design with a particular layout construction, received far less attention than the manufacturing process. The first automatic factory in Israel, Argaman factory, designed by the architect Ram Carmi in the early 60s as a complexly detailed system, closed in 2004 due to internal disintegration as well as external social and economical global circumstances. The factory and its analysis as a socio-spatial system reveal the changes that took place in Israeli society.