Saving Public Spaces | Thursday, 15 October 2015
One of the most acute problems in Israel's public spaces is the absence of shade. There is insufficient shading or protection against the sun - in the squares, public parks, schoolyards and kindergartens, sport facilities, and the beaches.
The ‘Urban Shade in Israel' exhibition, initiated and supported by the Beracha Foundation, opened to the public in the beginning of June 2015 following an extensive, three-year research and development process. Exhibition curator Dr. Martin Weyl enlisted the power of Design Museum Holon as a public cultural body that facilitates thinking and raising questions to put an important public debate on the agenda: the absence of planning for either natural or artificial shade and shading in Israel's public spaces.
As part of the activities accompanying the exhibition, the Museum is holding a professional conference that will serve as an open platform to discuss this issue with the aim of awakening the planning and executive authorities to the need for renewed thinking, planning, and standardization of shading. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and participants include MK Dov Khenin, the city architects of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Holon, landscape architect Yael Moria-Sekely, Derman Verbakel Architecture, and others, who will discuss the complex relationship between the planning bodies and the authorities vis-à-vis the public need.
The conference will be held from 13:00 to 18:00, and will comprise three sessions consisting of short lectures, at the conclusion of which there will be a cocktail reception and a guided tour of the ‘Urban Shade in Israel' exhibition.
Shade-Producing Cities - challenges and opportunities in urban spacesCity Planning as a Shading Opportunity - advancing shading policies in Israel Shading and Me - on planning/social responsibility and urban shade activism
The conference is intended for city planners, architects and landscape architects, designers and social/environmental activists, architecture and design students, researchers and academics, and government and other interested bodies.
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Photo: Benny Gam Zo Letova