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The Bountiful Tree
Meeting place: HaHurshot Park, south Tel Aviv, next to the zip line
Friday, May 19th, 10:00  
Echologic TourInaccessabile Tour
Come and meet the people behind the initiative to plant an edible forest in HaHurshot Park – which is a new approach to ecological landscape design that combines human needs with those of the environment. The activists will describe the process of planting the forest and ask the visitors to take part in its cultivation. It is advisable to come equipped with a hat, water and work clothes.
Open session. Reservations not required.
The Russian Church
157 Herzl St., next to HaHurshot Park
Thursday, May 18th, 8:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:00 | Friday, May 19th, 8:00-19:00   Guided tours conducted by members of the church`s staff will be held on   Thursday and Friday at 12:00 and 15:00.    The tours will leave from the interior concourse next to the   entrance to the compound.  
An open house and guided tours at this church compound which was built in the 19th century by the Russian Orthodox Church. According to Russian Orthodox tradition, it is the burial place of Tabitha, whom St. Peter raised from the dead. Prior to World War I, the compound was also an inn for pilgrims en route to Jerusalem. The compound extends across an area of about 5 acres, which includes the church, the graveyard, and a spacious, well-tended garden. The design of the church conforms to Russian architecture and features spectacular frescos of saints and scenes from the New Testament.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
The History of the Decorative Floor Tiles
130 Herzl St.
Friday, May 19th, 10:00-16:00 |   Saturday, May 20th, 10:00-17:00  
An open house at Gluska – the longstanding factory in south Tel Aviv which has been manufacturing decorative tiles since the 1920`s. The tours will describe the history of tile making at Gluska by highlighting three different aspects of the craft, mention some famous buildings where decorative files have been installed over the years, and illustrate the traditional production process used to create each tile manually.
Open factory. Reservations not required.
7 Schocken St.
Thursday, May 18th, 8:00-22:00 | Friday, May 19th, 8:00-15:00.   The lecture and discussions will be at 12:00.  
An open house at S7, a coworking space for architects and designers that was recently opened at the initiative of the architect, Matan Loueb. It offers different kinds of work spaces as well as a studio with a digital models workshop that includes laser cutting, CNC, 3D printers, power tools, and more. On Friday, there will be a lecture about the evolvement of the office work environment and how the needs of employees have changed over time. The lecture will end with a discussion that will attempt to visualize what future work spaces will look like.
Open house and open lectures. Reservations not required.
104 Har Zion Blvd., Kiryat HaMelacha
Thursday, May 18th, 10:00-18:00 | Friday, May 19th, 10:00-16:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
A chance to hear about a collective started by African women refugees in an industrial space designed by the architect Yitzhak Rappaport in the 1960`s. It was originally a complex of light industries and is now mostly occupied by artists and designers. During the visit, which will include an Eritrean coffee ceremony and a knitting and conversation circle, the women will talk about the collective that enables them to make a living by knitting baskets and teaching crochet. It also serves as a community center for them and their children as well as a support framework. The sessions will begin every hour on the hour; on Thursday the last one will be at 17:00 and on Friday at 15:00.
Open sessions based on availability. Reservations not required.
Shapira in Living Colors
Meeting place: the corner of Mesilat Yesharim St. and Shalma St.
Friday, May 19th, 10:00  
Echologic Tour
A tour led by Sharon Avital, Margaret Ben Hamo, Sassi Ben Menahem and other activists that will pass by the colorful facades of buildings along Mesilat Yesharim Street – the main commercial thoroughfare in the Shapira neighborhood. They will talk about their vision to paint the facades of all the buildings on the street. The activists will also describe the community-based processes that have taken place in the neighborhood in the past year. The tour will end at Café Getzel, the first coffee shop in the neighborhood to be green certified.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
The Red House in Shapira
37 Rabbi Israel Misalant (rear entrance)
Thursday, May 18th, 10:00-17:00 | Saturday, May 20th, 14:00-18:00.   Guided tours at 14:00 and 18:00 (Saturday).  
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour
An open house at a 19th century building also known as Sheikh Murad House – an orchard home with elegant architectural qualities that were typical of Arab construction in Jaffa. The guided tours will recount the history of the house and describe the activities taking place there in its current use as an art and culture center.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
The Green Shapira
Meeting place: Caf? Shapira, 15 Ravlag St.
Sayturday, May 20th, 16:00  
Echologic Tour
This tour will review different urban agriculture initiatives which have been undertaken in the Shapira neighborhood by the Forum for Neighborhood Agriculture in Shapira. The forum was founded by neighborhood activists in order to promote ecological activities in the community. The tour will begin in the open succulents garden, the group`s first project, and continue from there to the community composting site, the nature reserve that was established with support from the Municipality, and the garden at the Yeshuot Israel synagogue that was planted by children who live in the nearby apartment building. Throughout the tour, sites that have agricultural-communal potential will be examined, in addition to highlighting the innovativeness inherent in the Shapira action model. The tour will be led by Danielle Schwartz, a social activist and one of the founders of the Forum for Neighborhood Agriculture in Shapira.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Meeting place: Caf? Shapira, 15 Ravlag St., Shapira Neighborhood
Thursday, May 18th, 20:30  
Accessabile Tour
An open discussion about cooperative solutions to the housing crisis, communal ways to address gentrification processes, and a presentation of models which have been adopted over the years in Israel and in other places around the world. The discussion will be co-led by Adi-Avigail Cohen, a Kiryat Shalom resident who is one of the founders of the National Cooperative Housing Forum, a leader of the Transition Movement for developing communal solutions for a sustainable future, and a staff member at theHousing, Community and Law Clinic at Tel Aviv University, and by Attorney Avi Menkes, a Shapira neighborhood resident who is a member of the National Cooperative Housing Forum and the Deputy CEO of the Ofek Cooperative Credit Union.
Open session. Reservations not required.
Shapira Gardens
17-19 De Modina St.
Thursday, May 18th, 17:30, 18:15 and 19:00  
Accessabile Tour
Architects: Orit Muhlbauer-Eyal Architects; lead architect: Shay Naim, 2014
Tours with the architect, Orit Muhlbauer-Eyal, who received the Rokach Architecture Prize for this project. Designed by her firm, Ganey Shapira is the first affordable housing project initiated by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, whose occupancy began in 2014. The project consists of 69 housing units whose average size is 80 m², located in three different buildings. Ganey Shapira attempts to provide an up-to-date interpretation of public housing projects in Israel and also serves as a vehicle for urban renewal in the neighborhood.
3 open tours. Reservations not required.
Neve Sha`anan – A Neighborhood in Transition
Meeting place: the corner of Levanda St. and Ein Hakore St., Neve Sha`anan
Friday, May 19th, 14:00; Saturday, May 20th, 10:00  
The architect Assaf Asherov from Toam Architecture leads this tour about the transformation that Neve Sha`anan has undergone in the past decade. The neighborhood was founded in 1921 as a workers` cooperative. Its design by the architect Yosef Tischler was meant to resemble a seven-branched candelabrum (but was never completed). Tel Aviv`s first central bus station was built there in 1938, and the new bus station was dedicated nearby in 1993. The neighborhood went downhill over the years due to the considerable bus traffic, the departure of the original residents and the neglect of the buildings that followed. Encouraged by the Municipality, a change can be witnessed in recent years with the arrival of students who receive rent subsidies and the large scope of independent real estate initiatives that aim to rejuvenate the buildings. During the tour, Asherov will point out several buildings in the neighborhood which his firm designed.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
HaRatzif - The Platform
6 HaGalil St., Neve Sha`anan
Thursday, May 18th, 12:00-18:00 | Friday, May 19th, 10:00-15:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
A first-time opportunity to see the municipal entrepreneurship center – HaRatzif – which the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is about to open next to the platforms of the old central bus station in Neve Sha`anan. The building, which used to be the bus depot, underwent extensive renovations and currently houses municipal kindergartens, a police station and an entrepreneurship center HaRatzif – which is Hebrew for platform and is named for the bus platforms that used to be there for decades. This tour with the director of HaRatzif, Shana Krakowsky, will recount the history of the building and talk about the goals of the new center –which aims, first and foremost, to connect the local community with the world of entrepreneurship and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The center was established in collaboration with Tel Aviv Global, the Community Administration and the innovation team sponsored by the Bloomberg Philanthropies. HaRatzif will be a hub for social and technological entrepreneurship and social activities, with an emphasis on initiatives designed to address the challenges of south Tel Aviv.
Guided tours will be held every hour on the hour. The last one on Thursday will be at 17:00 and on Friday at 14:00.
Open center and open tours. Reservations not required.
The New Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv
Meeting place: 108 Levinsky St., Entrance 41
Saturday, May 20th, 12:00  
After discovering the original blueprints of the new Central Bus Station in the archive of the Dov and Ram Karmi architecture firm, the architect Elad Horn will lead this special tour of the station whose design is reminiscent of a maze. The tour will be conducted at a time of the day when the building is empty, passing through its lower levels and some unanticipated areas that are not usually accessible to the public. There will also be a brief lecture, during which participants will be shown some of the blueprints and design proposals that were never implemented, through which the story behind the construction of the bus station will be uncovered. Even today, it remains one of the most revolutionary and fascinating buildings in Tel Aviv. Tour participants are required to wear closed-back shoes throughout the two-hour tour and are advised to come equipped with flashlights.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
The Ramp
48 Neve Sha`anan Pedestrian Mall
Saturday, May 20th, 11:00-16:00.   The sessions will start every hour on the hour until 15:00.  
Fit for childrenEchologic TourAccessabile Tour
An opportunity to become acquainted with this surprising multi-community space that is taking shape in Israel`s most crowded neighborhood near the new Central Bus Station. It consists of a garden and a secret underground space which for years were considered a health and environmental hazard. They are now emerging as a place where people can meet and take a break from the urban intensity that characterizes the surrounding area. The members of the Onya Collective, which is comprised of planners, designers and social activists, want to create positive places where nature and people in the city can meet and are developing innovative urban interventions to achieve that. During the series of sessions they will be conducting, Onya members will talk about the process of creating The Ramp and invite visitors to take part in a plant box design workshop and help out in the garden.
Open house and open sessions. Reservations not required.
The Southern Winter Pool
Meeting place: in the parking lot behind the Tel Aviv-Yafo-Holon Department of Motor Vehicles
Friday, May 19th, 10:00  
Fit for childrenEchologic Tour
An opportunity to become acquainted with the winter pool located in the HaLohamim complex. This site is a natural habitat for a variety of rare animals and plants. This urban nature park hopes to conserve a piece of the landscape that is typical of the disappearing coastal plain, including its diverse flora and fauna, and make it accessible to the city`s residents. Led by the landscape architect and ecologist, Liav Shalem, the tour will focus on the rehabilitation of the local flora. The water in the pool will also be sampled for the numerous animals that are drawn to it - insects, crabs, amphibians, birds and mammals - many of which are facing extinction. Shalem will also talk about the flora rehabilitation process in which students from nearby schools and residents took part. Visitors are advised to wear closed-back shoes.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Mikve Israel Agricultural School
Meeting place: Krause Gate (Holon entrance)
Thursday, May 18th, 10:00 |   Friday, May 19th, 10:00  
House for reservation
Tours led by guides from Mikve Israel`s visitors center at one of the special green oases that can still be found in the Greater Tel Aviv area – which is a reserve of lush fields, citrus groves and gardens that surround historic sites and buildings dating back to the 19th century. The tours will include the avenue of palm trees and the Indian Banyan, 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. The second part of the tours will focus on the synagogue built in 1896 – a two-story structure made of sandstone bricks (without using any cement), which is considered the most important building in the compound. The architect Anat Berlovitz, who is charge of the synagogue`s restoration and renovation works, will talk about the history of the building and the minimalist restoration approach she has implemented in the synagogue, which makes no attempt to hide its signs of aging.
Reservations are required for both tours; each is limited to 50 participants.
From Waste to Energy
The Environmental Education Center, Hiriya Recycling Park
Friday, May 19th, 9:00,   Friday, May 19th, 9:30,   Friday, May 19th, 10:00  
Echologic Tour
A RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) facility was opened at the Hiriya Recycling Park this past March – where refuse is sorted and recycled and then converted into alternative fuel for use by the Nesher cement production plant. This groundbreaking waste management project is the largest ever undertaken in Israel and also one of the largest of its kind worldwide.
The two-hour tour at the Hiriya Recycling Park will include the sorting facilities and the waste transfer station and end with a presentation about the new RDF project. The tours will be led by members of the site`s staff. Waze: Hiriya Recycling Park.
Reservations are required for all 3 tours.
The Shalem Farm at Ariel Sharon Park
Friday, May 19th, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 |   Saturday, May 20th, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00  
House for reservation
Architects: Sharon-Idelson, 1949: Documentation and preservation architects: Mimar Naor Architecture & Conservation; Development architects: Alefbet Planners, Chief Architects: Assaf Kashtan and Gady Almog, 2016
An opportunity to learn about the history of agriculture in the early years of Israel. The Shalem Farm, which was established in 1949 at the initiative of Hazera Ltd., was run and operated by families who had previously lived on kibbutzim. They were experienced farmers who were recruited 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 also worked for the kibbutz movement. The two-family homes formed the nucleus of life on the farm and, at the time, were considered state-of-the-art due to their design as communal residences where the children slept at home and not in separate children`s houses.
After the documentation of the original buildings was completed, the farm was declared a historic landmark. The plan is to convert it into a cultural and culinary center in the future. The sessions will include a tour of the historic compound and a meeting with the architect Mimar Naor, who will talk about the preservation process. The tour participants will also meet Mrs. Edna Kapelushnik, who grew up on the farm and will share what she experienced as a child in one of the first families to live there. The sessions will last about an hour.
8 open tours. Reservations not required.
The Sustainability Trailblazer
22 Dam HaMaccabim St.,, Ramat Israel
Friday, May 19th, 9:00-12:00  
Echologic Tour
Tour participants will be introduced to the first neighborhood sustainability center in Tel Aviv-Yafo, where an after-school sustainability club is also in operation. The sessions will be conducted by Tomer Dovrat, the center`s director, who will talk about his experience in galvanizing these processes at a municipal institution, and Zohar Zidon, the club`s coordinator who will present the vertical gardening walls and other devices built out of recycled materials by the children who attend the club. The presentations will end with a tour of HaHaskala Boulevard, which was designed by the architect, Ram Eisenberg, further to a public participation process and according to principles of urban nature and community. The tour will be co-led by Noa Regev, a sustainable neighborhoods coordinator at the Municipality`s Environment Protection Authority, and Smadar Cohen, a project director at the Community Department in the southeastern part of the city.
Open sessions. Reservations not required.
From an Abandoned Building to a Blooming Garden
Bat Zion Community Center, 10 Bat Zion St.
Friday, May 19th, 14:00  
Echologic Tour
An inspirational session with activists from the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood who are members of A Community Creating Reality – Yad Eliyahu, and the director of the Bat Zion community center, Elad Sela. They will recount how, with help from the Municipality, they converted an abandoned building and its surrounding space into a spirited and significant community center. Following the sessions, there will be a tour of the neighborhood`s `green route` along a variety of community projects will be showcased: the recycling bins project, the community garden and the urban natural grove that was recently rehabilitated. The tour will conclude with a discussion about the future plans for the neighborhood. In the course of the two-hour sessions, participants will also visit an exhibition of bird photographs held annually in memory of Amit Gefen, which is currently on display at the community center.
2 open sessions. Reservations not required.
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