In a mission to spread the fresh trend of urban ecology, Onya Collective members ran DIY workshops for kids and adults. Some took place in the Central Bus Station, and others in community gardens or public spaces. Edible pallets, floating gardens, sack planters, wildflower seed bombs, water pipe gardens and stalls from upcycled materials are some of the neo-hippie participatory activities that we ran.
One very special event was the SunflowerFest, where we gave out over 1,000 little envelopes with sunflower seeds and sowing instructions, and encouraged people to sow them in public places and pin the location on this google map. We’ll see what blooms on May 1st, the international guerilla gardening day!
Design by Shir Rosen and Tamara Buck
Informative DIY micro green nursery re-using disposable coffee cups from the adjacent coffee kiosk. Raising sensitivity about the garbage people produce by having a nice experience planting food in it. The flow is simple: finish your coffee, put some soil and seeds inside the empty cup and leave it there. Pass by and pour some love on your way to work everyday, and after a few days, you’ll get a fresh nourishing cup of greens to add to your sandwich.
Floor 7 is CBS’s secret garden, a late addition to the building. Unlike the dark maze beneath. this floor is well lit by glass walls, creating a wide, tall, clean and quiet space with spectacular views east to Jerusalem mountains and west to Jaffa beach. However, there are no shops here, nor any other function except bus platforms. It’s emptiness contrasts the rest of the station’s clatter and bustle and enables seeding new programs in the vacant space, with thousands of passengers crossing daily and participating in this architectural loophole.
Book Station – Onya Collective in collaboration with Lewinsky Garden Library and Dreamfields
Just as a book leads one in certain paths and conditions, so does the central bus station of Tel Aviv. But they are actually the opposite of one another. The station is chaotic, forcing you to hurry along, while a book is a safe haven whose aim it is to enlighten, discover and offer culture. They both tell a story of time and place. Our goal is to connect both stories. A library is a meeting point along the way, a chair to sit on, a table to discuss, a plant and a book to educate yourself, it’s a place to stay.
Lego Planter – Onya Collective – Tomer Ashkenazy
Lego planter is a flowering modular system that was designed to serve a range of different purposes such as to define a border, mark a path, as a flowering sculpture and more. Resembling an architectural model for a green-roof super-dense condominium, here the lego planter serves as a pleasant entrance to the book station library, creating a tranquil atmosphere for readers and passers by.
Mashrabiyeh – Onya Collective – Tali Wall and Vered Lily Yehezkel
Inspired by tile and Mashrabiyeh patterns, this modular screen is made of production leftovers of green wall textiles, with plants adapted to interior spaces such as ferns and Arums. Acting as a foldable curtain, the Mashrabiyeh, originally a muslim architectural breathing shading element, enables various levels of intimacy for the terminal library visitors in the exposed public terminal.
This project was accomplish thanks to Ofertex and BLDVEG
Dreamfields – Placemaking and Civil Urban Gaming Platform
Dreamfields is a playful platform for civic imagination and creative placemaking, questioning the ways we can build new spaces in the city. In combination with natural elements, the cardboard cubes function as the building blocks and “place-holders” for the Book station, on the 7th floor platform. After the Library shelves will be full with books, the cubs can be re-used and move to other locations within the station.
The Book Station built with zero budget but with the help of many:
The Garden Library for the Migrant Communities and Neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv, Dreamfields – Urban Innovators, Beit Ariela – Public Library, and the Storage department of educational administration in Tel Aviv municipality and Mati Ale. Thanks to all the kind people who donated their books and for the ones who take care of the place everyday, and especially Yoav Shafranek from Onya Collective for his endless capacity for growth.
Photos: Avigail Roubini, Yoav Shafranek, Tal Nissim, Nisan Almog
Isometric drawings: Gil Cohen, Tamar Alon