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Israel Lessons

Industrial Arcadia. Teaching and Research in Architecture

Distributed for Park Books

Israel Lessons

Industrial Arcadia. Teaching and Research in Architecture

This book offers a critical look at the territory that today forms the state of Israel and the lasting historical role of agriculture, which sprang from the Neolithic revolution in the Middle East, had for a wide range of aspects of human social and ecological development. Topics considered include agriculture’s role in territorial appropriation and domestication, in structuring the development of urbanization, in creating a national homeland narrative for the Jewish state, and in changing the climate. Israel Lessons explores in particular the three major types of Israeli agricultural development: vernacular Palestinian/Bedouin, socialist utopian Kibbutz/Moshav, and contemporary high-tech desert farming. Presenting findings through text matched to striking images, graphics, and maps, and featuring proposals for architectural intervetions, it demonstrates how facts and narratives related to agriculture and the climate crisis are intertwined with geopolitics and sectarian ideals of an earthly paradise. 

200 pages | 196 color plates, 91 halftones | 8 1/4 x 12 1/4 | © 2018

Teaching and Research in Architecture

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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Table of Contents

Arcadian Dreams and Agricultural Myths: Israel’s Promised Land

Agriculture as Settlement: Territorial Agriculture in Israel
Israel: A Land of Scarcity
The Jordan Rift Valley: A Water Management System
The Negev Desert: A Productive Landscape
The Coastal Plain: A Metropolitan Landscape

Documents a field trip that took place in December 2016

Illustrates 18 architectural student designs

Notes and References

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