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An Urban Drawing Workshop
Meeting place: "Cavim Banamal" (Lines at the Port) - Center for Design and Architecture, Hangar 3, Tel Aviv Port
Friday, May 23rd, 13:00;    Saturday; May 24th, 15:00  
Experience-filled urban drawing workshops led by the artist Niv Burstein from the "Cavim" School of Design, which will be conducted while touring the port`s surroundings. The workshops will leave from "Cavim Banamal," which is located in one of the port`s original hangars built in 1936.  It has been revamped and converted into a school of design and a center for designers and architects. The workshops, which last about 2½ hours, will provide basic urban drawing tools.
Reservations are required for both workshops; each is limited to 20 participants.
Underground Passageways at Dizengoff Center
50 Dizengoff St.
Saturday, May 24th, 12:00 and 16:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
Architects: Yitzhak Yashar and Aliza Toledo, 1977
Itai Balali, the head of operations and security at Dizengoff Center, leads two tours of the building which will focus on its operational aspects. Visitors will be able to see underground passageways, the electrical distribution rooms, and systems that are usually closed to the public, such as the pumping station located beneath the Center. The tours will include an explanation about the building`s design and history.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
Joseph Bau House
9 Berdichevsky St.
Thursday, May 22nd, 18:00-21:00;    Friday May 23rd, 11:00-15:00;    Saturday, May 24th, 12:00-19:00.  
House for reservationFit for children
 A visit at the modest studio used by the illustrator, Joseph Bau, starting in the 1950`s and until his death in 2002. The original state of the studio has been preserved by his daughters. It contains his work table, the animation machine he invented and assembled on his own, a tiny movie screen including two types of projectors he built, a dark room, a display of posters he designed for Israeli films in the 1960`s and 1970`s, an exhibit of Hebrew humor, and more.
Guided tours will start every hour on the hour for the first 20 people on line.
Open studio. Reservations not required.
In the Path of the Painted Tiles
Meeting place: the corner of Herzl St. and Ahad Ha`am St.
Friday, May 23rd, 11:00  
House for reservation
Led by Tehila Koenigstein, the tour will highlight works of art that were created by Bezalel Academy teachers (Zeev Raban. Boris Schatz, et al.) in the 1920`s. The works were inlaid on the facades of homes in the district known as Little Tel Aviv - creating a kind of open museum. The idea behind this unique collection was jointly conceived by Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv`s first mayor, and Boris Schatz, the founder of Bezalel, who sought to give the first Hebrew city a uniform Jewish and Land of Israel character. The tour is sponsored by the Discover Tel Aviv Center and includes entrance to an exhibition at the Shalom Tower.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 50 participants.
Maine Friendship House
10 Auerbach St., the American-German Colony, Yafo
Friday, May 23rd, 9:00-11:30 and 13:00-15:30;   Saturday, May 24th, 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00  
House for reservationFit for children
Original architect: Wentworth, 1866
Come and see one of the original wooden houses in the American Colony, which were prefabricated in Maine and brought here in 1866 by devout, Zion-loving Christians. Restored by Dr. Reed Holmes and his wife Jean in 2002, it currently houses a heritage center as well as the artist Yonatan Kis-Lev`s studio. A short film recounting the history of the Colony and the house will be screened in the basement every 20 minutes.
Guided tours will start every 30 minutes. Reservations not required.
In the Path of Light
Meeting place: the corner of 16 HaHashmal St. and 28 Mikve Israel St.
Thursday, May 22nd, 19:00;    Friday, May 23rd, 9:00  
House for reservation
A walking tour that traces the history of electrical power generation in Tel Aviv-Yafo as well as the architecture of different buildings belonging to the Israel Electric Corporation. It will recount the establishment of the first power plant in pre-State Israel, the biography of Pinhas Rutenberg, who founded the Israel Electric Corporation, and the story behind the transformers – both the ones dating back to the 1920`s that are still in use, and those no longer in operation. The tour includes entrance to the restored Board of Directors building of the Israel Electric Corporation.
The 90-minute tours – held in cooperation with the Israel Electric Corporation and the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites – will be led by Michal Sasson Bibi.
Reservations are required for both tours; each is limited to 50 participants.
* Tour participants must present an ID card.
Trash Cans From Within
Meeting place: Levinsky Garden
Saturday, May 24rd, 17:30  
Echologic Tour
Sivan Rubin from the Environmental Education Center at Hiriya leads this tour, whose purpose is to rummage, literally, through trash cans and examine their environmental-social implications for our lives. Along the route, Rubin will talk about the contents of the trash cans and what occurs around them, and scrutinize our leftovers as an anthropological display. Instead of the repression mechanism which allows us to `send off and forget` our trash, Rubin will suggest that we `look trash in the eye` and uncover through it who we are as a society, as a community and as individuals.
The Center`s website: www.hiriya.co.il
Open  house. Reservations not required.
The Architect Who Designed City Hall
Meeting place: Rabin Square, at the bottom of the steps in front of City Hall
Friday, May 23rd, 9:30. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.  
Accessabile Tour
Original architect: Menachem Cohen, 1966. Lobby renovation: Menachem Cohen, Asaf Lerman, and the Zahavi Studio. Stage II renovation: Menachem Cohen and Livay Dvoriansky Architects, 2014
Marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Tel Aviv-Yafo`s City Hall, and in honor of the launch of the book "The Architect Who Designed City Hall," the architect Menachem Cohen will present the building he designed, looking at it from the outside and from some of its inner spaces as well. At the age of 26, Cohen won the architectural design competition held at the time – for constructing an office building, which back then was the largest, tallest and the most cutting-edge one in Israel. Cohen will describe the planning process, the ideas that guided him, the hardships and the accomplishments.   The tour will highlight the urban standing of City Hall in relation to Rabin Square, Ibn Gevirol Street and Gan Ha`Ir.
After the tour, participants will be able to purchase the book at a discount.
Open house. Reservations not required.
Ganei Shapira
17-19 De Modena St.
Friday May 23rd, 11:00, 12:00 & 13:00.   
Architects: Orit Muhlbauer-Eyal Architects; Chief Architect: Shay Naim, 2014
Tours with the architect Orit Muhlbauer-Eyal, who will present the Ganei Shapira project designed by her firm. It is the first affordable housing project of its kind initiated by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, and its occupancy is now underway. The three-building project, consisting of 69 housing units whose average size is 80 square meters, has attempted to give public housing in Israel a present-day interpretation and serve as a vehicle for the neighborhood`s urban renewal.
3 open tours. Reservations not required.
The Hallway Comes Out of the Closet
7 Letteris St., Apartment 4
Saturday, May 24th, 11:00-14:00  
Inaccessabile Tour

Interior architecture: Einat Eicholz-Porat, Eicholz Antebi Architects, 2013

A 110-square meter apartment in a 1960`s building that underwent extensive renovations by its owner, who is an architect and multidisciplinary designer.  The trapezoid shape of the building imposed a planning challenge – in the form of a long hallway that spans the entire length of the apartment – which was further accentuated and became a spatial and decorative element that links the different parts of the apartment and incorporates storage and design solutions.

Open house. Reservations not required.

Immanuel House (The Baron`s Palace)
8 Auerbach St., the American Colony, Jaffa
Thursday, May 22nd, 9:00-19:00; Friday May 23rd, 10:00-18:00;    9:00-19:00; Friday May 23rd   Saturday, May 24th, 10:00-14:00  
House for reservation

Architect unknown, 1866-1880

An opportunity to visit one of the historic buildings in the American-German Colony, originally constructed by Americans in the 19th century.  An addition was subsequently made to it by German Templers, only to be remodeled again by the grandfather of the British actor and playwright, Sir Peter Ustinov.  Decades later, Shai Agnon described it wistfully in his book, Only Yesterday. The house has undergone numerous metamorphoses over the years, serving, among other things, as an upscale hotel, a hospital, a British school for girls, and currently a guest house.  Visitors will be able to see a presentation of old glass slides and take part in guided tours of the building and its history.

Open house. Reservations not required.

The Neve Sha`anan of Above
20 Akiva Eiger St., Apartment 42, Neve Sha`anan
Saturday, May 24th, 16:30-20:30  

Interior design: Liat Evron, 2013

A glimpse of a penthouse apartment in a new project built by an acquisition group in one of Tel Aviv`s most challenging neighborhoods, whose residents are mostly young adults and students.  The project was designed according to green building standards and includes, among other things, a large and fully open patio used to ventilate the apartments and outlets for charging electric vehicles.  The interior design of the apartment highlights large openings and unobstructed views of the roof terrace and the landscape seen from it.  A contemporary Tel Aviv ambience is created thanks to an eclectic combination of new and old pieces of furniture as well as a surprising layout based on a spacious kitchen that links both sections of the apartment – the private and the public.

Open house. Reservations not required.

A Panoramic View
16 Ficus St., 12th floor, Yafo "Gimmel"
Friday May 23rd, 10:30-13:30; Saturday, May 24th, 16:00-19:00  

Interior design: Irit Henkin and Zohar Shavit, Henkin-Shavit, 2013

An open house at an inspirational apartment in Yafo "Gimmel" - located on the 12th floor of a tenement building erected in the 1960`s.  The apartment underwent extensive renovations and was converted into a contemporary loft, which now doubles as a residence and design studio for its owners. As part of the renovation works, openings in the apartments that had been closed over the years were reopened, flushing the apartment with a beautiful urban landscape.

Open house. Reservations not required.

The firm`s website

The Drum Apartment
11 Nitzana St., Entrance A, Apartment 4, American Colony
Friday, May 23rd, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30,   13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00 and 15:30  

Interior architecture: Dana Oberson, 2013

Visits at an apartment in a building earmarked for preservation, which features a circular layout (stemming from the design of the building) in addition to other unique and original architectural elements, such as descending beams and 4-meter high ceilings. The apartment, which underwent large-scale renovations, was designed in the style of an urban loft whose every detail was meticulously addressed.  A large bookcase made of black iron profiles is a prominent feature in the main space of the apartment.  It is also a direct extension of the industrial motifs characterizing the building, thereby creating a harmonious link between the indoors and outdoors.

Reservations not required; each of the 12 tours is limited to 15 participants on a first come, first served basis.

The Fabrics Story on the Other Side of the Ayalon
Meeting place: Beit Hashiryon, 51 Lohamei Galipoli St., Yad Eliyahu
Friday, May 23rd, 16:00  
House for reservation

Yad Eliyahu, the city`s largest non-industrial neighborhood, is a `living museum` of modernistic planning approaches to residential living, in addition to being a pleasant habitat loved by the people who live there.  Those very same reasons explain why its current development process is raising questions about the desired planning approach that will best suit the environment and respect the qualities of the neighborhood.

The tour, led by the architect Eyal Ronen from the Eastern Planning Team of the Tel-Aviv-Yafo Municipality, and Itai Horwitz, a resident of the neighborhood and a member of the Yad Eliyahu Forum - known as A Community Creating Reality – will discuss the new planning ideas for Yad Eliyahu that are presently under review and are founded on fabric and community preservation as a tool for controlled development.  The tour lasts about two hours.

Open tour. Reservations not required.

The Shalem Farm in Ariel Sharon Park
298 Haim Bar Lev Blvd. (the northern entrance to Ariel Sharon Park)
Friday, May 23rd, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00;   Saturday, May 24th, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00  
House for reservationFit for children

A chance to learn about the history of Tel Aviv agriculture and hear the story behind the Shalem Farm.  It was established in 1949 in the eastern part of the city for the purpose of upgrading and producing seeds.  An initiative of the company, Hazera Ltd., the farm was run and operated by families of kibbutz members, who were experienced farmers and were recruited for the task in order to supply quality seeds to other farms in the young country.  The families lived in houses designed for them by the Sharon-Idelson architecture firm (Arieh Sharon and Benjamin Idelson), who worked for the kibbutz movement.  At the time, the two-family homes were considered cutting-edge due to their layout and construction as communal residences where the children slept at home and not in separate children`s houses.

Following completion of the documentation dealing with the farm and its different buildings, which was prepared by the Mimar Naor Architecture & Conservation firm, the buildings are now undergoing preservation and restoration and will be converted into a visitors center at Ariel Sharon Park. 

Visitors will be able to see the homes currently being restored, and will also be shown the experimental plots project and the seed bank used to conserve wild Land of Israel plants at the park.
8 guided tours for the first 50 people in line will start every hour on the hour. Reservations not required

Ben Gurion House
17 Ben Gurion Blvd.
Thursday, May 22nd, 8:00-15:00; Friday, May 23rd, 8:00-13:00;    Saturday, May 24th, 10:00-14:00  
House for reservationFit for children

Architect: the engineer David Tuvia, 1930-1931

An open house at the private residence of David and Paula Ben Gurion, offering a glimpse of the couple`s modest lifestyle and impressive library.  Visitors can tour the house on their own or take part in a guided tour, which will be offered every hour on the hour for the first 50 people in line.

Open house. Reservations not required.

The Compass House
3 Hamehuga St., Florentine
Friday, May 23rd, 10:00-16:00; Saturday, May 24th, 10:00-18:00  

A look at the residential space of the wood artisan, Oz Geva, which he built for himself and by himself above the studio he owns.  It features spontaneous architecture constructed out of recycled materials, relying on creative and alternative solutions. Most of the furniture and objects in the house are made of recycled wood and chunks of wood, after being treated using traditional work techniques.

Open house. Reservations not required.

In the Days of Abraham
Meeting place: 15 Maharal St.
Friday, May 23rd, 16:00  
House for reservation

A tour with the architect Yermi Hoffman, who heads the Preservation Department at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. He will trace the work of the architect Abraham Yasky, a recipient of the Israel Prize in 1982, who died in March of this year.  The tour will focus on the Brutalist style that was prevalent in downtown Tel Aviv around the time the State of Israel was established, reflected in particular in residential buildings and the design of Kikar Malchei Yisrael (now Rabin Square).  Hoffman will talk about the changes in Tel Aviv`s architectural language, which went from white and utopian architecture (in the 1930`s and 1940`s) to Brutalist architecture in the 1950`s and 1960`s, including the innovative perceptions of residential living that characterized it.  The architect Yuval Yasky, who heads the Architecture Department at Bezalel and is the late Abraham Yasky`s son, will join the tour.

* The tour is especially long and involves a lot of walking.

Open tour. Reservations not required.

A "Kibbutz" Apartment
4 Zeitlin St., Entrance A, Apartment 3
Thursday, May 22nd, 17:00-20:00; Friday, May 23rd, 10:00-13:00;    Saturday, May 24th, 16:00-19:00  
Inaccessabile Tour

Interior design: Erez Baruchi, 2013

An apartment located in the green compound of the Kiryat Meir neighborhood, a pastoral sanctuary in downtown Tel Aviv.  The building, designed by the architect Yehudit Segal-Stoller in 1934, is currently earmarked for preservation.  The apartment, which was renovated by the designer for his own family, features a contemporary style. An attempt was made to maintain the cozy and simple spirit of the original design made by Segal-Stoller, and empower the qualities of the neighborhood by using, among other things, natural finishing materials and restoring the patio (which for many years had been closed in) to its original purpose.

Open house. Reservations not required.

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