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44.
Between a Home and a Habitat
The Zoological Garden, Klausner St., Ramat Aviv
Thursday, May 22nd, 16:30-18:00; tours will start every 15 minutes.  
Fit for childrenEchologic Tour

Have you ever asked yourself where an alligator sleeps, or when the light goes on in a bat`s home?  The Zoological Garden at Tel Aviv University will be holding tours for the entire family that focus on a variety of animals found in Israel and their habitats, which were planned, built and adapted to their unique needs.  Each tour lasts about an hour and is limited to 30 people on a first come, first served basis.

7 open tours. Reservations not required.

 
 
45.
A Habitat for Every Plant
The Botanical Garden, Klausner St., Ramat Aviv
Thursday, May 22nd, 16:30-18:00; tours will start every 15 minutes.  
Fit for childrenEchologic Tour

Why is a cactus prickly and plump, and why does a pine tree have needles rather than leaves? The Botanical Garden at Tel Aviv University will be holding tours for the entire family, during which the habitats and characteristic landscapes of various plants that grow in Israel and other places will be presented.  Each tour lasts about an hour and is limited to 30 people on a first come, first served basis.

7 open tours. Reservations not required.

 
 
46.
Introduction to Preservation I and II
Meeting place: 9 Rothschild Blvd.
Friday, May 23rd, 16:30 (fundamentals);    Saturday, May 24th, 16:30 (Professionals & `advanced` students)  
House for reservation
The town planner and PhD student Aya Haya Grinfeld, a former preservation consultant for the Municipality, leads these two tours which are part of an academic and critical research study. The focus will be on Tel Aviv-Yafo`s urban space, and in particular the White City zone. The tours will start on Rothschild Boulevard, continue from there to Bialik Street, and end on Nachlat Binyamin. Grinfeld will talk about basic concepts, the city`s preservation policy, preservation strategies, and plans for the future, while examining the challenges inherent in the planning approaches and the dilemmas between development and renewal, on the one hand, and preservation, on the other. Grinfeld will also describe the variety of interests that affect the different preservation philosophies – those of the developers, the Municipality, the city`s residents, and Israel`s citizens.
Friday, May 23rd, 16:30 (Introduction to Preservation I – a tour that deals with the fundamentals); Saturday, May 24th, 16:30 (Introduction to Preservation II – a tour for `advanced` students)
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
 
47.
Time Amplitude
ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery, Tel Aviv Port, Hangar 21
Thursday, May 22nd, 20:00 (opening); Friday, May 23rd, 15:00, gallery talk.  

ZeZeZe Gallery will be hosting the exhibition Time Amplitude, which highlights different themes associated with landscape design and urban design, as reflected in the works of the Minadd architecture firm – which has been active in environmental planning in Israel for five decades (in different formats and combinations). The exhibition deals with key aspects of time, as articulated in the landscape architect`s work and urban design, in general, and in the works of the Minadd firm, in particular.  Other topics include the connection between architecture and art, and working on a variety of scales at the same time.

The exhibition opens on Thursday at 20:00. A gallery talk with members of Minadd`s staff, the landscape architects Zvi Dekel and Shlomi Zeevy and the architect Yair Avigdor, will held on Friday at 15:00.

Open exhibit and open session. Reservations not required.

 
 
48.
Bauhaus and Me
99 Dizengoff St., Bauhaus Center Gallery
May 24th, 11:00  

How does Israeli culture relate to the architectural and design ideas found in the German Bauhaus style?  An associative art discussion with the artist Andrea Morein, who created the exhibit "My Avant-Garde Inside Box #13," during which she will talk about, from an contemporary art perspective, the use made of iconic Bauhaus images in Israel in the 1950`s.

Open exhibit and discussion. Reservations not required.

 
 
49.
The Levant Fair – The Architectural Angle
Meeting place: the corner of Dizengoff St. and HaTa`arucha St.
Friday, May 23rd, 16:00  
House for reservation

A tour with an architectural-historical focus led by Yossi Goldberg, who has researched the history of fairs in Tel Aviv.  The tour marks the 80th anniversary of the dedication of this complex, where one of the largest and most inspirational events took place in Tel Aviv in the 1930`s – the Levant Fair, which was an international fair modeled after an expo (a world fair displaying various achievements). Goldberg will talk about how the idea of the fair was conceived, as well as the renewed development works currently underway at the complex. He will also point out the pavilions that were originally designed in the International Style by the best architects of the time. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.

Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 45 participants.

 
 
52.
Sarona – From Then to Now
Meeting place: the corner of 34 Kaplan St. and 2 David Elazar St.
Saturday, May 24th, 14:30  
House for reservation

Yossi Goldberg, deputy curator of the Sarona Visitors Center, leads this tour of the Templer colony, which was recently opened to the public following years of preservation, restoration and renovation works.  The tour will focus on architectural and tourism-related aspects of Sarona`s development and preservation, which promises to be one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. Goldberg will also talk about some of the findings that were uncovered during the preservation works and when designing the Visitors Center.

Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 45 participants.

 
 
53.
The Inner Landscape
8 Eybeschutz St., 3rd floor, Apartment 12
Friday, May 23rd, 11:00-14:00; Saturday, May 24th, 11:00-14:00  

Interior design: Hila Caspi, Caspi-Ravid Architects, 2012

A 90-square meter apartment that was designed for a young family in an urban and contemporary style.  By incorporating collections belonging to the owners and artistic photographs taken by one of them to cover elements in the kitchen and bedroom, the architect managed to create a personal ambience in the apartment that echoes the world and experiences of those who live there.

Open house. Reservations not required.

 
 
54.
A Pavilion Using a Magnifying Glass
2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv
Saturday, May 24th, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00  
House for reservation

Architects: Werner Yosef Witkover and Erich Baumann, 1958; Restoration and preservation architects: Uri Glezer in cooperation with Nili Armel and Ella Sahar; Landscape architecture: Dan Zur-Lior Wolf, 2013

A chance to become acquainted with one of the more unusual buildings designed by the architects Werner Witkover and Erich Baumann at the Eretz Israel Museum complex. This architectural icon can be seen from a distance and is easily recognizable due to the green ceramic ring that encompasses its façade.  The building, which was intended to be the acme of the museum campus (whose master plan was prepared by Witkover), was recently renovated following years of neglect.  The tours, led by the architect Uri Glezer, who was in charge of planning the preservation works, and Keshet Rosenblum, the curator of the exhibit "The First Pavilion", will expand on the museum`s decision to treat the pavilion as if it were earmarked for preservation, even though the building is not included on the municipal preservation list. They will also describe the painstaking restoration works that were carried out in order to restore its original glory.  The tours will include a visit at the exhibition led by the curator.

4 open tours for the first 40 people in line. Reservations not required.

 
 
55.
The Art of Hanging
Art Market, 3 HaTa`arucha St., Levant Fair
Saturday, May 24th, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00  

Do you know how to buy art for your home or office?  What are the proper criteria for choosing art that is going to be hung at home, and do they even exist?  How should art work be hung and illuminated at home?  Should the purchase of art work be regarded a long-term financial investment?  Sessions with Motti Abramovitz, the person behind Art Market, which is an art space specializing in the sale of works of art just like any other decorative piece intended for the home.  Abramovitz will address the questions that typically emerge when deciding whether to buy a work of art for the home, and attempt to put a crack in the reverence that Israeli culture attaches to this matter.  Each session lasts about 30 minutes.

4 open sessions for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.

 
 
56.
Classic in White
Meeting place: the corner of 65 Sheinkin St. and 1 Gilboa St.
Saturday, May 24th, 16:00  
House for reservation

What is Bauhaus and what effect has it had on Tel Aviv to this very day? Can modern be classic?  Can new be authentic?  This tour in downtown Tel Aviv, held about a decade after UNESCO declared the city a World Heritage Site, will address various aspects of the Bauhaus style and its impact, where it came from, where it has evolved, what role it played in Tel Aviv in the 1930`s and 1940`s, and what the future has in store for it.  Sharon Golan, a senior architect at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality`s Preservation Department who will be leading the tour, will also discuss the new preservation plan, its ramifications for Israel`s largest metropolitan area, and the challenges and advantages it offers developers, homeowners and the city`s residents.

Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 30 participants.

 
 
57.
The Capsule Building
The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, Across from Gate 14, Ramat Aviv
Thursday, May 22nd, 9:00 – a tour with Lior Einy, Baran Group;    13:00 and 14:00 – tours with the landscape architect Ruth Maoz.   10:00 and 11:00 – tours with the architect Yossi Cory;    16:00 – a tour with the architect Yasha Grobman;   17:00 – a tour with the architect Nir Chen;    17:30 – engineer Yehoshafat Aharoni, air conditioning consultant.   Friday May 23rd, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 – tours with the architect Nir Chen;    10:00 and 11:00 - engineer Yehoshafat Aharoni, air conditioning consultant;    10:30 – a tour with Hofit Itzhak Ben Shalom, a green building consultant;   12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 – tours with the architect Yasha Grobman;  
Echologic Tour

Architects: Professor Yasha (Jacob) Grobman, Axelrod-Grobman Architects; Dr. Yossi Cory, Geotectura; Nir and Nili Chen, NCArchitects; Landscape architecture: Braudo-Maoz Landscape Architecture, 2014

A chance to visit this building, whose eye-catching presence is visible to all those driving on the Ayalon Highway. An environmental landmark in Israeli public architecture, the building will soon be open to the general public. It is the first ecological building in the country that is expected to receive the highest American Green Building Certification – LEED Platinum – and the Diamond Rating of the new Israeli Green Building Standard – 5281.

The tours, led by the architects and other individuals who were involved in constructing the building, will talk about the environmental vision that guided its builders, its planning process and how the environmental architecture decisions were made, the state-of-the-art energy and water conserving technologies that were incorporated in the building, and the research and informational activity that will take place there.

 Each tour is limited to the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.

The building`s website

 
 
58.
The Artist Michal Perry`s Home
27 HaHashmal St.
Friday May 23rd, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.  
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour

architecture: Michal Perry, 2014

A visit at an eclectic urban villa, which was the first home built on the sand dunes of the Electric Company complex, originally called the Ramat Hasharon neighborhood.  After it was constructed by the builder Moshe Blumenfeld, the home was bought by the Ratushnik family, who lived there for 12 years with their four children.  The building later underwent a number of metamorphoses, and at one point was even rescued from demolition.  The tours will describe the painstaking renovations that were carried out, which included restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of some of the original elements (windows, shutters, doors, walls, and plaster), and in particular, the splendid frescos the house boasts of.  The tours, led by Kati Kanevsky, a fresco restoration expert, will last about 20 minutes.

4 open tours. Reservations not required.

 

 
 
59.
Preservation of the Sarona Templer Colony
Meeting place: the corner of Kaplan St. and David Elazar St.
Saturday, May 24th, 10:00  
House for reservation
The architect Tamara Grun, from the Preservation Department at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, leads this tour, during which she will present the large-scale preservation and renewal project at the Sarona Colony, now reaching completion. Grun will recount the history of Sarona, the third Templer colony established in pre-State Israel (following the ones in Haifa and the American-German Colony on the border of Jaffa), whose construction began in 1871. She will also talk about the stages of its development and restoration process and its opening to the public. The tour, which lasts about 90
minutes, ends at 8 Oswaldo Aranya Street.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 30 participants.
 
 
60.
The Givon Residence
22 Chelouche St., Neve Tzedek
Friday May 23rd, 11:00,    Friday May 23rd, 12:00,    Friday May 23rd, 13:00,    Friday May 23rd, 14:00.   
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Architects: Uri Glezer in cooperation with Nili Gal-Mester, 2013
A chance to see the Neve Tzedek home of the gallery owner, Naomi Givon, and hear about the stages of its design. The lower section of the house serves as her own exhibition space – the Givon Art Forum – which is open to the public, whereas the upper floor and roof are Givon`s private residence. The home interior features clean lines that conduct a dialog with the building`s eclectic shell.
In the course of the guided tours, Givon and the architects Glezer and Gal-Mester will explain why they chose to restore the historic house, which collapsed just as they preparing the building permit request, rather than put up a new building. They will also talk about the unique architectural challenges they faced when designing a house that doubles as a residence and a private museum open to the public.
Reservations are required for all 4 tours; each is limited to 20 participants.
 
 
61.
From Port to Port
Meeting place: the southern end of the Jaffa Port parking lot
Saturday, May 24th, 8:00  
The architect Uriel Babczyk, manager of sustainable building and planning at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, leads this bike tour that will introduce the participating cyclists to the bike paths found at Jaffa Slope Park. From there, using a new bike path, they will continue to Hapisga Garden and the seaside promenade – where they will hear about the new promenade development project – and stop on the way to see the first Israeli-made bicycle traffic signal. After reaching the end of the route, the cyclists can continue on their own to HaYarkon Park or try out the new bike path that runs alongside Sde Dov Airport and reaches Tel Baruch Beach. The tour lasts about two hours. Level of difficulty: moderate.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 30 cyclists.
 
 
62.
From an Existing Neighborhood to a Sustainable
Meeting place: 209 Bnei Ephraim St., behind Cafe Matilda in Maoz Aviv
Friday, May 23rd, 10:00; Saturday, May 24th, 10:00   
Echologic Tour
A chance to become acquainted with the inspiring initiative undertaken by Maoz Aviv residents, who sought to generate a positive change in their immediate surroundings, and hear from them how you can turn an existing neighborhood into a sustainable one. The tour will make several stops in the neighborhood that include: a meeting with the initiators of a composter project for collecting organic waste; a meeting with a member of a condo committee which is applying sustainability principles in the building`s management; a tour of the Maoz Aviv community garden, which is one of the most active and flourishing gardens in the city, and a tour of an untamed area that is being rehabilitated by the community. The tours will be led by Noa Regev and Barak Ben Hanan, Maoz Aviv residents who are active in various green projects in the neighborhood and are partners in the social enterprise: The Local Growth Generator.
The tour on Friday includes a visit at the nearby Venezuela School and kindergarten, which are in the process of becoming sustainable schools. 2 open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
63.
The Courthouse
1 Weizman St.
Friday, May 23rd, 9:30  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Architects: Rechter-Zarhi-Perry Architects, 1965
A tour of the building which houses the District Court and the Magistrates Court, led by the sculptor and Israel Prize recipient, Dani Karavan, and the architect Hadas Nevo Goldschmidt, from the Preservation Department at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. Designed by the firm Rechter-Zarhi-Perry Architects, the building is a salient example of the Brutalist architecture style that was prominent in Tel Aviv in the 1960`s. Its singularity can be attributed, among other things, to the exposed concrete sculptures created by Karavan that were incorporated in the building as an integral part of its architectural design.
Reservations are required; the tour is limited to 30 participants.
 
 
64.
Yitzhak Sadeh`s Historic Home
3 Zichron Kedoshim St., Jaffa
Friday, May 23rd,    Friday, May 23rd, 10:30   
Inaccessabile Tour
Architect: unknown; built by an Egyptian company in the 1940`s
A visit at the historic home of Yitzhak Sadeh, the founder and first commander of the Palmach, which was meticulously restored by his son and daughter-in-law. The tour includes Sadeh`s room, which contains his photographs, a modest bed, and a collection of weapons and battle maps. Visitors will be able to see the beautiful garden that overlooks the Mediterranean, where Sadeh hosted Yigal Alon, Yitzhak Rabin and others. The garden features archaeological findings, stone-paved paths, and stairs leading to the sea which Sadeh carved out himself. The tour also includes the British military railroad car that Sadeh used as a war room when commanding Division 8.
Reservations are required for both tours; each is limited to 20 participants.
 
 
65.
The Development of Sarona Park
Meeting place: 8 Oswaldo Aranya St.
Saturday, May 24th, 10:00  
Accessabile Tour
Sarona Park landscape architects: Dan Zur-Lior Wolf; Architect in charge: Ora Hacham-Rafael
A tour with the architect, Ora Hacham-Rafael, which will focus on the landscape architecture at the Sarona compound, the historic agricultural colony that has become a public park. The design of the new park draws on the character of the Templer colony and seeks to give it a new interpretation, while creating a flexible public space suitable for diverse public and community activities. Hacham-Rafael will talk about the dilemmas and opportunities that arise when designing a city park that also has preservation and commercial elements, as well as the needed balances in the relationship between the three components. The tour, which will cover most of the gardens in the park, lasts about 90 minutes.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
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