This unique junction at the eastern rim of the Mediterranean Sea, where Europe meets Asia and Africa, where the desert meets the sea, has witnessed much of Western and Eastern culture’s fundamental controversies with respect to a search for the Divine, as recorded in some of the more important texts of human history.
Today, with the addition of a rich and diverse population, Israel has become a complex and modern place, the source of many technological, artistic, and cultural inventions, in the throes of realizing itself as a uniquely cosmopolitan society based on deep roots in ancient history.
The conference will be a voyage to the “research” zone. This exploration, through lectures and tours, will consider how architecture connects the past with the present, the role of public architecture in creating a tapestry of multi-cultural places, how “Heavenly” Jerusalem allows “Earthly” Tel Aviv to exist, and the development of Green Architecture from the pioneer state.
Tours, including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Design Museum Holon, Bauhaus White City, and The Peres Peace House, will illustrate how design elevates the future of coming generations and how good design creates good business and a better life now.
An optional one day extension will be a trip to Masada and the Dead Sea.—Conference committee: Yael S. Kinsky AIA (Chair), Scott Sivan AIA, Ryan Clarke, LEED AP BD+C
The following program is subject to change.
The conference language is English.
This program is made possible in part by the generosity of our local partners in Israel, the City of Holon, The Peres Center for Peace and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
|Venues/meeting points||Thursday, 19 April 2012|
|Tel Aviv Museum of Art||16:00||Registration opens|
|16:30||Opening remarks by commercial counselor at the US Embassy Mr. Jonathan Heimer, AIA Europe President Mr. Thomas Bitnar AIA, Conference Chair Yael Kinsky AIA.|
|17:00||Lecture: Design Elevates | “How the value of architecture contributes to the general public’s quality of life and our client’s business.” by Etan Kimmel, Rechter Award winner 2012 of Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects.||2 HSW*|
|18:00||Guided tour: Tel Aviv Museum of Art with Amit Nemlich, project architect.||1.5 HSW|
|20:00||Open discussion: Design Elevates | “How quality architecture adds value to our lives and how we can accelrate this change.” Moderated by Scott Sivan.||*|
|21:15||Dinner on your own|
|Friday, 20 April 2012|
|Tel Aviv Museum of Art||09:00||Registration continues|
|09:30||Lecture: 4D Architectural Collage | “Architecture today created by layers of history, culture, art, demography, and archeology” with Renanah Yardeni, architect and urban planner.||1|
|10:30||Lecture: Park Adgami — “Reclamation, repurposing and reuse for public recreation and education” with landscape architect Aliza Broida.||1 SD|
|11:30||Sponsor presentation: DIP Tech — Glass printing technologies explained; with Yair Mazliach, CEO and David Knafo, architect.||1 HSW|
|12:30||Lunch: sandwiches and coffee|
|Design Museum Holon||13:45||Welcome by Motti Sason, Mayor of Holon City|
|Design Museum Holon||13:45||Lecture: Design Elevates | “City of Holon Branding: transforming the city via a long term urban design concept” with Holon City Mayor Mr. Moti Sasson and City CEO Ms. Hana Hartzman.||1|
|Holon Library||14:45||Guided tour: Holon Library — A new mediatheque following the concept at the Centre Pompidou, designed by Baruch Baruch, architect.||1 HSW|
|15:45||Break: coffee, tea, pastry|
|16:15||Guided tour: Design Museum Holon by Ron Arad Architects with project architect and construction manager Sharon Ben Shem.||1.5 HSW/SD|
|17:45||Bus transfer to Jaffa|
|Peres Peace House||18:15||Guided tour: Peres Peace House by Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto with Yoav Messer, project architect.||1.25 HSW|
|19:30||Bus travel to Kfar Saba|
|Marvin Windows and Doors Showroom||20:00||Sponsor presentation: Marvin Windows and Doors presentation and showroom. Refreshments will be served.||1 HSW|
|21:30||Bus to Tel Aviv|
|Dinner on your own|
|Saturday, 21 April 2012|
|Habima Theatre, Rothschild Blvd., by the "3 Coins Sculpture"||08:15||Meeting point for walking tour|
|08:30||Walking tour of The White City, Tel Aviv (Unesco Heritage Site): “Sustainability in its infancy” by Prof. Moshe Margalit.||2 HSW/SD|
|10:30||Bus to Tel Aviv Museum|
|Tel Aviv Museum of Art||11:00||Break: coffee, drinks, cakes|
|11:15||Lecture: 4D Collage | “An historical perspective and analysis of architecture in Tel Aviv beyond the 19th century”.||1|
|12:15||Lecture: Tel Aviv Port and Promenade — “Transforming and connecting the Port to a vibrant Tel Aviv” by Mayslits Kassif Architects.||1 SD|
|13:15||Lunch sandwiches, coffee|
|13:30||Sponsor presentation: Downstream — “Global documentation solution software”||1|
|14:30||Sponsor presentation: Sipral — “Glass facade products and engineering challenging our imagination”||1 HSW|
|15:30||AIA Europe chapter meeting|
|16:20||Self-guided tour: Tel Aviv Port|
|16:40||Bus travel to Jaffa|
|17:10||Guided tour: Old Jaffa — rules of design, renovation, and conservation|
|18:45||Bus to Gala Dinner|
|Catit restaurant||19:00||Gala dinner sponsored by Laufen: Catit Restaurant (transport by bus will be provided after dinner to central points in Tel Aviv)|
|Sunday, 22 April 2012|
|Tel Aviv Museum of Art||08:00||Meet at Tel Aviv Museum of Art|
|08:15||Bus to Jerusalem|
|9:45||Guided tour: Har Habayit — Multiple layers of history, architecture, and culture at the Grave Church, Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Dome of the Rock.||1 HSW|
|10:45||Guided tour: the Old City, the Arab market, David’s Tower, the Jewish quarter — Conservation and exposition of historical layers.||1|
|12:00||Guided tour: Davidson Center and the Old Jewish Quarter — Eitan Kimmel of Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects reveals layers of history without damaging the uppermost.||1 HSW|
|13:00||Bus to The Israel Museum|
|14:00||Guided tour: The Israel Museum — Updating a modernist landmark with James Carpenter Design Associates and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects.||1 HSW/SD|
|15:00||Bus to Yad Vashem|
|15:30||Guided tour: Yad Vashem Main Building (Safdie Architects) and Children’s Memorial||1.5 HSW|
|17:30||Guided tour: A bi-cultural school as public place for exchange and interaction between two communities||1 HSW/SD|
|18:30||Bus travel to Government Hill.|
|19:00||City model presentation by Ofer Manor, city architect|
|19:30||Dinner in Abu Gosh (out-of-pocket expense) and closing statements|
|21:00||Bus travel to Tel Aviv|
|Total AIA CES LUs (Thu-Sun)||20.75|
|Optional Extension||Monday, 23 April 2012|
|Tel Aviv Museum of Art||08:00||Meet at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Bring your bathing suit!)|
|09:45||2012 Beit Halohem Rechter Award: tour of award winning project by Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects (subject of the Thursday evening lecture).||1|
|10:45||Bus travel to Be’er Sheva University|
|11:00||Guided tour: Be’er Sheva Universty — An update on brutalism in the desert.||1|
|12:00||Bus travel to Masada|
|13:00||Lunchbox on the way|
|14:30||Guided tour: Herod’s Fortress of Masada — Conservation technologies and ancient survival.||2|
|17:00||Bus travel to the Dead sea|
|17:30||Visit the Dead Sea, where sustainable design issues meet the struggle to conserve and save the sea and hotels at its seashore. Dinner is included in the optional extension price; participants will have the option to swim or visit a local water spa.|
|20:00||Bus Travel to Tel Aviv|
|Total AIA CES Continuing Education Hours for Monday program extension||4|
|Total AIA CES Continuing Education Hours (including Monday extension)||24.75|
More information on the venue will be available in coming days.
This event does not have a conference hotel.
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The main international gateway for flights to Israel is Ben Gurion Airport (TLV).
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