Toward sustainable desert architecture: Recent studies in the Negev, Israel

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Abstract

What is meant by the term desert architecture? Why should buildings or towns in arid regions be conceived differently than they are anywhere else, and what would make such an architecture sustainable? This article discusses a number of ways that architectural design may be adapted to the opportunities and constraints of a desert climate, and in so doing allow for dramatic increase in the efficiency of energy consumption - which is perhaps the greatest challenge for long-term sustainability. A series of recent examples, taken from both research and application in the arid Negev region of Israel, is presented to illustrate some of the concrete possibilities for creating more sustainable patterns of desert architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Arid Zone
Volume45
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Buildings
  • Desert architecture
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy saving
  • Passive cooling

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