A tour of Tel Aviv’s revitalized traffic areas and its urban forest initiative are highlights of the 16th annual Open House weekend, Israel’s largest architectural event.
Scheduled for May 18 through 20, Open House will offer more than 180 tours, meetings and talks at public buildings, private homes and public spaces throughout the city.
Many of the designer lofts, urban villas, unique synagogues, architecturally significant public buildings, curious construction sites, plazas and gardens are not normally in the public eye.
Among the tours available for the first time this year are:
- Yitzhak Sadeh Park
Half-hour tours of this urban renewal project will present the park’s creative design ideas, including a Land of Israel grove, a mulberry tree pergola, an underground stormwater detention and infiltration basin, an ecological pool, and fitness and playground equipment.
- The “Revolution!” tour
This transportation-focused event will showcase citywide efforts to ease traffic and pedestrian jams and make getting around Tel Aviv more pleasant. Initiatives include widened sidewalks, more than 2,000 newly planted trees, upgraded infrastructure, and added public transportation lanes and bike paths.
Among many other tours offered – many by reservation only – are an Islamic court of justice in Jaffa, the French ambassador’s residence, the first modern- era Jewish cemetery in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the refurbished Bloomfield Stadium, the Gagon Home for the Homeless, Tel Hubaz Agricultural Farm, Kuchinate African women’s weaving cooperative and Maine Friendship House.