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Architecture and Urban Planning - A Memoir \ David Best
I 1950 - 1960
   But what Klarwein taught me was more than a technical achievement. As in the art of Zen, to draw in this light rhythmical way, freed my spirit and imagination. “The information”, Klarwein would explain, “is sent by the brain through the arm to the fingers, which lightly caress a pencil and sensually expresses the design message on the paper, (it sounded better with a German accent)'' the clarity and confidence of the line- he continued - projects a similar response in the beholder”. I can remember Klarwein's howl of delight when he came to my drawing board and saw the sophisticated arabesques I was producing.  He entered my personal Pantheon as one of my great teachers, together with C.F.Bailey and Prof. A.R.Cordingly. His rhetoric was of course a bit of put-on, nevertheless to architect Klarwein, trained in Hamburg, I click my heels in gratitude. Recalling his gargantuan laugh and bawdy humour, which expressed succinctly his attitude to the world, never fails to disperse a passing mood that I may occasionally have of taking life too seriously.  

  Twenty years later, I was having a coffee with the chief engineer of the Jerusalem branch of the Solel Boney Construction Company, a Mr. Friedman. We were discussing the design of roads and the problems of their execution for the new neighbourhood of East Talpiot that I was planning at that time. “Do you know” he recollected “when I was a young engineer, one of my jobs was constructing the road network of Government Hill. You cannot imagine the crazy set of road plans that were issued to us. There were often discrepancies of over a metre in their heights, and for God’s sake, the plans were drawn by somebody ‘in free hand’. Can you imagine that David? They were drawn ‘in free hand’! I smiled mysteriously but didn't continue the conversation with him and have never met him since.

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