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Accessabile Tour
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2.
An Open Architectural Museum
Meeting place: the entrance to the Library of Life Sciences and Medicine
Thursday, May 22nd, 17::00. The tour lasts about two hours.  
Accessabile Tour
A walking tour of the Tel Aviv University campus, which features some of the most fascinating creations of local architecture (and a few works from abroad as well). The tour will be led by the architect Michael Jacobson – who writes about architecture on the Xnet website and on the "Rear Window" blog – and is also a M.A. student in the Department of Geography at Tel Aviv University. The tour will stop at some of the important buildings on campus (Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People, the Cymbalista Center, Wolfson Building, and others), which together create a fabric comprising an open architecture museum.
This tour is a continuation of the one held during Houses from Within in 2012. (The tour is accessible to people on wheelchairs).
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
3.
Green Ramat Aviv: Past, Present and Future
Meeting place: the entrance to the Palmach Museum, 8 Haim Levanon St.
Saturday, May 24th, 9:30  
House for reservation
A tour of this neighborhood, which was planned by the architects Robert Bennett and Yitzhak Perlstein, together with the landscape architects, Dan Zur and Lifa Yahalom. Their designs reflected modernist thinking and a socialist vision, explaining why Ramat Aviv was nicknamed "Tafnit" (which in Hebrew means turnabout) – due its distinctiveness compared to other tenement neighborhoods built in the 1950`s. The tour will be led by the architect Anat Chervinsky from the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality`s Northern Division, who drafted a policy document last year dealing with the neighborhood`s renewal. The tour will talk about the history of Ramat Aviv, its qualities and present condition, and the principles underlying its future renewal as formulated in the policy document, including the dilemmas, challenges and planning approaches to renewal that are based on textural preservation as a controlled development tool.
The architect Dan Price, a resident of the neighborhood, will accompany the tour.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
4.
The New Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv
Meeting place: 108 Levinsky St., Entrance 41 (across from the Neve Sha`anan pedestrian mall)
Saturday, May 24th, 12:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
After organizing the archives at the Dov and Ram Karmi architecture firm, the architects Elad Horn and Talia Davidi initiated this special tour of Tel Aviv`s New Central Bus Station, which was designed by the firm. It will be conducted at a time of day when the station is empty, passing through its lower levels and some surprising areas which are not accessible to the public. The tour includes a brief lecture, during which the participants will be able to see original blueprints of the station that were made in the 1960`s. They will also be shown design proposals of the bus station that were never implemented, and even today it remains one of the most radical and fascinating buildings in Tel Aviv. The tour lasts about two hours. Participants are required to wear closed-back shoes and are advised to come equipped with flashlights.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
5.
The Homes of the Gentry on Gaza Road
Meeting place: the corner of Yefet St. and Pasteur St.
Saturday, May 24th, 10:00  
House for reservation
A tour with the architect and Jaffa historian Shmuel Giller, on the top of the hill on Yefet Street, where he`ll talk about the wealthy people who lived on the street at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Giller will recount the history of the complex built by the Jewish Minister of the Treasury under the Emir Bukhara. He`ll also tell the stories behind different landmarks from the past: the ruined arches of the first Jewish bazaar that was destroyed 100 years ago, whose remains are still standing, the building that was split in two so that the road to Jerusalem could be paved, the home of the British Consul and the colorful character he was, and Khan Abutbul.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 50 participants.
 
 
6.
Jaffa Port - A Century Ago
Meeting place: Roslan St., next to the fountain adjacent to the mosque
Friday, May 23rd, 17:00  
House for reservation
A tour of Jaffa Port with the architect and Jaffa historian, Shmuel Giller. He will take the participants back in time to the Ottoman port which served as a gateway to the Holy Land, and to the first port built during the British Mandate period, which vanished beneath the docks of the renovated port. Giller will describe the narrow alleyway that led to the port, review the reincarnations that the Customs House has undergone since the 1960`s and talk about the terminal building at the deserted port and the Zionist immigration station, ending with the warehouses of the missing port that were designed and built by a talented Jewish engineer and are still intact.
The tour lasts about two hours.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 40 participants.
 
 
 
7.
The Glass Pavilion at the Eretz Israel Museum
2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv
Friday, May 23rd, 11:00;    Friday, May 23rd, 12:00;   
Architect: Werner Yosef Witkover, 1958
A tour of the Eretz Israel Museum campus with Uzi Agassi, who has researched the work of Werner Witkover, the architect responsible for designing the master plan for the Museum and some of its buildings (the Glass Pavilion, the Ceramics Pavilion and others). During the tour, Agassi will talk about Witkover`s work and his prominent standing among the generation of architects who built the country. Witkover`s designs include the master plan for Tel Aviv University and the Tel Aviv coastline, the Sheraton Hotel, Gordon Swimming Pool, Dan Accadia Hotel, and various buildings at Tel Aviv University, such as Gilman and Sackler.
Reservations are required for both tours; each is limited to 35 participants.
 
 
8.
The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
The corner of 42 Chelouche St. and 57 Eilat St.
Friday, May 23rd, 9:00-13:00   Saturday, May 24th, 13:00  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Architect: unknown, 1886; Preservation architects: Kimmel Eshkolot, 2012
A visit at a building that was commissioned in 1886 by Franz Lorenz – a member of the Templer community who settled in the American Colony in 1870. For a number of decades, between 1909 and the middle of the 20th century, it served as cultural and social center that housed a popular café on the ground floor and a banquet hall on the second floor (which later became the "Kesem" movie theater). The building – which was constructed out of local sandstone and Marseille shingles and was one of the first to have electric lighting powered by a generator – recently underwent renovation and preservation and is now the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.
Visitors will also be able to see the photography exhibit – "In Foreign Eyes – Templers in Tel Aviv" – currently on display at the Institute, which includes photographs taken by Templer settlers in the Wilhelma neighborhood at the beginning of the 20th century.
Friday, May 23rd, 9:00-13:00; at 11:00 there will be a session with Shay Farkash dealing with the preservation of the frescos in the building.
Saturday, May 24th, 13:00; a tour with Rabbi Roberto Arbiv, the Institute`s rabbi. The tour lasts about 30 minutes.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
9.
Presence and Absence
Bulthaup Showroom, 3 HaTa`arucha St., Tel Aviv Port
Friday, May 23rd, 14:00  
An opportunity to meet the architect Pitsou Kedem, whose designs include the new Bulthaup Showroom, and hear from him about the planning process and thinking that guided his studio when working on different projects in the past decade.
The lecture lasts about an hour, following which Kedem will answer questions from the audience.
Reservations not required; the session is limited to 50 participants on a first come, first served basis.
 
 
10.
Mikve Israel Agricultural School
Meeting place: Krause Gate (Holon entrance)
Thursday, May 22nd, 10:00   Thursday, May 22nd, 13:00   Friday, May 23rd, 10:00  
Tours led by guides from the visitors center at one of the special green oases still found in the Dan Region – which is a reserve featuring lush fields, citrus groves, and gardens that encompass historic sites and buildings dating back to the 19th century. The tours will pass along the avenue of palm trees next to the Indian Banyan, the old synagogue, the cellars of Mikve Israel`s ancient winery, and the botanical garden. Participants will also get a glimpse of the building where David Leibowitz – the inventor of the Davidka mortar – worked.
Reservations are required for all 3 tours; each is limited to 50 participants.
 
 
11.
Rokach House
36 Shimon Rokach St., Neve Tzedek
Friday, May 23rd, 10:00-14:30; guided tours at 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00.  
Architect: Unknown Austrian architect, 1887
An open house at the home of the founder of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, Dr. Shimon Rokach. Visitors will meet his granddaughter, the sculptress Leah Mintz, who restored the house and lives on the third floor. The focus of the tours will be on preservation and architecture, and include a taste of the famous Rokach House rose tea.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
12.
Traffic Control Center
68 Ben Gurion Blvd. (the entrance is at 5 Pilon St.)
Friday, May 23rd, 9:00 (a tour for Maximum Tel Aviv cardholders),    Friday, May 23rd, 9:45.    Friday, May 23rd, 10:30.   Friday, May 23rd, 11:15.   Friday, May 23rd, 12:00.   
The Traffic Control Center, located on the roof of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality`s Engineering Administration, is where all of the city`s traffic is regulated. During the visit, the Center`s traffic engineers will explain how they manage to solve transportation-related problems created as a result of impaired infrastructures, various malfunctions, and the temperament of the Israeli driver. The Center is run using standard hardware as well as sophisticated software and communications systems (developed by the staff members themselves), coupled with an impressive share of intelligence, ingenuity, and insight.
Reservations are required for all 5 tours; each is limited to 18 participants
 
 
13.
Who Will Protect the City`s Trees?
Meeting place: the corner of Rothschild Blvd. and Allenby St. (across from Iceberg)
Thursday, May 22nd, 18:00; Friday May 23rd, 18:00; Saturday, May 24th, 18:00.  
Zviki Philo, a planter and tree expert from Horashim–A Nursery for Trees, leads this tour of trees in the city, some of which are not commonly seen in Israel. He will talk about his vision to institute tree preservation criteria in Tel Aviv, and explain the importance of trees to the city`s quality of life. Philo will also introduce the tour participants to a number of rare trees, some of which are particularly old and some of which are at risk. The tour will start across from the Norfolk Island Pine found on the Meir Tower lot (on the corner of Rothschild and Allenby). Other trees featured in the tour include the Indian Rosewoods on Yehuda Halevi Street, the 200-year-old sycamore in the Oliphant complex, the row of Australian bottle trees on Bilu Street that were planted by the Templers, the trees in Yaakov Garden, and the cork oak on Rabin Square.
3 open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
14.
Is Preservation a Way of Laundering Zoning Plans?
Meeting place: the concourse in front of the First International Bank Tower (Benleumi Bank), 42 Rothschild Blvd.
Saturday, May 24th, 10:30.  
The architect Naama Riva, XNet`s architecture correspondent, leads this critical tour which will highlight the complex issues involved in developing Tel Aviv`s financial district (and that of the entire country), in light of its location in the city`s historic zone. In the course of the tour on Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, Riva will discuss the original plan for Ahuzat Bayit and the Municipality`s preservation policy in the area. She will also talk about the variety of interests at play (those of the developers, the Municipality, the city`s residents, and Israeli citizens) and the practical implications of the current situation, where every multistory building is erected under a pinpointed zoning plan.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
15.
The History of Decorative Floor Tile Making
130 Herzl St.
Friday, May 23rd, 10:00-16:00; Saturday, May 24th, 10:00-17:00.  
An open house at Gluska – the longstanding factory in southern Tel Aviv which has been manufacturing decorative tiles since the 1920s. Three different aspects of the trade will be highlighted at the factory: the history of tile making, some famous buildings where decorative files have been installed over the years, and the traditional production process used to create each tile manually.
Open factory. Reservations not required.
 
 
16.
Ayala Zachs`s Residence
13 Ben Gurion Blvd.
Thursday, May 22nd, 16:00-21:00; Friday, May 23rd, 9:00-15:00.  
Architect: Dov Karmi, 1954
An open house at a villa whose construction was the outcome of an uncommon dialog between the woman who commissioned it and the architect. It ultimately resulted in a building with a tranquil, reserved and unusual presence in the Tel Aviv landscape. Visitors will also have a chance to see the impressive art collection found in the house, which currently serves as a branch of the Open University`s Continuing Studies School.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
17.
The "Basa" Pumping Station (Sewer Line)
The corner of Elisabeth Bergner St. and Nahum Goldmann St., Yafo (across from the Etzel Museum)
Friday, May 23rd, 9:00-16:00; Saturday, May 24th, 9:00-17:00.  
A rare opportunity to get a look inside the vast technical works section of a pumping station operated by the Dan Regional Association for Environmental Infrastructures, which delivers wastewater to the regional treatment plant ("Shafdan"), where it is treated and later conveyed to fields in the Negev for reuse. The station extends across an area of roughly 600 acres, delivering wastewater at the rate of 6,000 liters per second. In honor of Houses from Within, a small and air conditioned cinema tent will be set up at the station, which will screen informational video clips that recount the story of the organization and the pumping station (popcorn will be served!)
The visit includes a secure view of the depths of the station and an open tour of the facility, with explanations about how the regional wastewater delivery system operates.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
18.
Cinema Hotel
1 Zamenhoff St., Dizengoff Square
Friday, May 23rd, 11:00 (a tour for Maximum Tel Aviv cardholders),    Friday, May 23rd, 12:00.    Friday, May 23rd, 13:00.    Saturday, May 24th, 11:00 (a tour for Maximum Tel Aviv cardholders),   Saturday, May 24th, 12:30.   Saturday, May 24th, 14:00.   
Architect: Yehuda Magidovich, 1939; Renovation architect: Aryeh Debilanski, 2001
A visit at a Bauhaus building that underwent restoration and a change in land use designation, turning the legendary Esther Cinema into a boutique hotel (the first in Israel). Using original posters and brochures printed in the middle of the 20th century, the hotel preserves the ambience of the Esther Cinema, which operated out of the premises for around 50 years. It also tells the story of its founders, the Netanel family, who came to Israel from the British Crown Colony of Aden.
Led by the historian Danny Goldschmidt, who is Esther`s grandson (whom the former movie theater was named after), the tour will leave from the hotel lobby and point out the original spaces that were preserved as well as the collection of cameras, projectors and posters that are on permanent display. Participants will also be able to see some of the rooms in the hotel and go up to the balcony that overlooks Zina Dizengoff Square.
Reservations are required for all 6 tours; each is limited to 40 participants.
 
 
19.
The Kol Yehuda Synagogue
Thursday, May 22nd, open from 10:00 to 18:00; guided tours at 10:00 and 14:00.   Friday, May 23rd, open from 9:00 to 16:00; guided tours at 9:00, 15:00 and 16:00  
House for reservationFit for children
Architect: Yehuda Magidovich, 1938
A visit at the synagogue designed by Magidovich for the Jewish congregation from Aden (a British Crown Colony in South Yemen). The front of this unassuming building doesn`t disclose the impressive and monumental space that one finds inside, which well illustrates Magidovich`s virtuosic architectural abilities, having created an elegant and rhythmic space using a network of exposed and imposing beams. 
The ground floor of the building currently houses the Aden Community Heritage House, which features a permanent exhibit of original photographs, artifacts, books, clothing and rare documents that recount the history of the Aden Jewish community.
The tours will be led by the historian Danny Goldschmidt, whose great-great grandfather purchased the lot in the 1920`s in order to build the synagogue.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
20.
Immanuel Church
15 Beer-Hoffmann St., Yafo
Friday, May 23rd, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00;    Saturday, May 24th, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13::00 and 14:00   
Architect: Paul Ferdinand Gross (Hannover, Germany), 1904
A chance to see this neo-Gothic Lutheran church, which is managed by the Norwegian Church Ministry to Israel. The church is known for its special stained glass windows and impressive organ, which is one of the largest in the country. Immanuel Church is situated in the heart of the American Colony on the border between Tel Aviv and Yafo. 
Every hour on the hour, members of the congregation will lead tours of the stained glass windows and recount the building`s history. Visitors will also enjoy a brief organ concert. On Saturday, the visits will begin with prayers accompanied by songs and organ music.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
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