Urbanization of Tel Avivby Ross Belfer | 07.07.16
EagerTourist with Telavivian launched its first collaboration last weekend, a group architectural experience in Tel Aviv entitled Urbanization of Tel Aviv: Past, Present, Future, led by local architect Adi Efraim.
The two-hour guided experience led participants through the original intention and current status of Tel Aviv’s urban design, beginning with the intricate urban planning of the “Garden City” created by Scottish architect Patrick Geddes in 1925.
From Ibn Gvirol Street, Tel Aviv’s first major boulevard, and the “original Geddes block” near Frishman Street to Dizengof Square, Hen and Esther Cinemas down to the beachfront; the tour offered an expert’s perspective, intel and guidance–highlighting key buildings and landmarks of urban design and offering a crash-course on Tel Avivian urban design from past and present. As a major restoration and redesign of Kikar Rabin is being considered by the Municipality (with seven proposals by different architectural firms on the table), a proposed destruction and rebuild of Kikar Dizengof and the long-awaited citywide light rail; the face of urban Tel Aviv is changing at a rapid speed. Stay tuned for the announcement of our follow-up Urbanization tour scheduled for July 2016.
In the meantime, take a digital journey through the sites, perspectives and edifices that constitute the focal points of the Garden City, below.