"To Build and be Built"
Alternative/natural Building at Kibbutz Lotan
Environmental conditions of desert life have
throughout the ages necessitated a nomadic life style for
those who chose to settle the desert. Attempts to force the
desert to yield to human will have not always been successful
over the long term. Experiments that try to integrate the
natural logic of desert surroundings in architectural and
environmental planning have had more success in building sustainable
settlement in the desert.
|Work in progress at the 'Merkazon',
Lotan after-school activity club...
The Arava Valley imposes extreme conditions of heat and cold
on its residents. Standard and conventional construction techniques
have produced housing and public space that neglect insulation,
requiring extensive heating and cooling, substantially raising
Kibbutz Lotan's energy expenses.
Motivated by a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability
in community planning, Lotan has made significant efforts
to use renewable resources in building projects that aid in
dealing with its specific desert environment issues. In adopting
traditional and creative approaches to face its building challenges,
Lotan is developing a reputation as one of Israel's leaders
in alternative/natural construction.
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