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Excuse me, what garden is it?

The evening presents a series of short talks on the roles of gardens in public space and their influence on the urban fabric, especially considering the looming environmental crisis and diminishing natural resources.
In 1925 Sir Patrick Geddes designed Tel Aviv’s first master plan (the Geddes Plan). Shaped by the concept of the Garden City, the plan manifests the need for an active, lively urban fabric and a quality of life that ensures fresh air, close-by pockets of nature, and access to open spaces. Now, almost 100 years later, the city is changing, becoming much more crowded, with the remaining open areas under a constant barrage of pressures and interests, often contradictory. The evening takes place in conjunction with the exhibition The Urban Block Gardens, itself an expression of the sense of urgency to understand that the values informing the Geddes Plan remian vital and valid for the city.

19:00 – tour of the exhibition with the exhibition team
20:00 – a series of short talks tackling the issue from various standpoints
21:00 – a panel and discussion with the speakers, moderated by Arch. Hadas Nevo Goldbarsht
Free entry with pre-registration.

Talks:
The green windows: the unique design of the landscape in the Geddes plan – boulevards, gardens, and passageways that form the infrastructure that links society, nature, and city. The conservation architects Ruth Liberty-Shalev and Adi Har Noy talk about the research they conducted on which the exhibition The Urban Block Gardens is based.
The right to quality: the principles guiding the city’s open areas, use and non-use of public gardens. Dr. Yodan Rofeh, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Environmental Gioinformatics and Urban Planning Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
On what grounds?: on the importance of the city’s open (and unpaved!) areas considering the challenges presented by percolation and water runoff. Aviad Sar-Shalom – urban planner, specializing in the implementation of sustainable strategies and green building planning.
De-paving: interventions in the paved streets and areas to create a soft, growing substructure as a green public space – Onya Collective.
An urban nursery: the story of the urban nursery founded in 1992 that still shapes the planting in public spaces. Liat Shahar Kashtan, Director of the Municipal Nursery – Dept for the Improvement of the City (Shefa).
Growing community: examples of community gardens as cultural-social-environmental urban centers. Bar Tal, the Dvorah Baron Garden.
Growing gardens: the challenges arising from the pressures exerted on urban gardens by multiple interested- parties and the considerations surrounding the establishment of new gardens and the renovation and upkeep of existing ones. Avi Levy – Director of the Dept for Planning and Project Management, Dept for the Improvement of the City (Shefa).

More information on the exhibition The Urban Garden Block:
https://www.whitecitycenter.org/exhibitions/The-Urban-Field-Manifesto

More information on the urban tour Among Gardens and Alleys:
https://www.whitecitycenter.org/events/Urban-tour%3A-among-gardens-and-alleys
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Date & Time
3/14/23, 6:00 PM
Place
Liebling Haus
Language
Hebrew
Price
Free Admission; Pre-registration required

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