Architecture of Freedom; The Autonomous Land

The Autonomous Land displays the birth of a new place, centered within unique landscape conditions and manifests the realization of ‘utopian’ ideas that concern society as a whole; Basic human needs, sovereignty and freedom of choice, our relationship with nature and our way of life in our homes.

Dani Guinness

WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education

The Autonomous Land displays the birth of a new place, centered within unique landscape conditions and manifests the realization of ‘utopian’ ideas that concern society as a whole; Basic human needs, sovereignty and freedom of choice, our relationship with nature and our way of life in our homes.

 

The site chosen for the implementation of these ideas is the H’reybe quarry south of the city Nesher on Mount Carmel. The proposed design is based on energy independence via ‘clean’ production, local agriculture, communal construction, the reuse of quarried substance and full integration between built elements (such as a water reservoir, power station, cable car station, local dwellings and gathering spaces) to a natural but violated landscape . Although created by a few, the Autonomous Land is an invitation for all of us to rethink the state of man in the present reality and its questionable conditions.

 

It is important for me to emphasize that this project is not a separatist action but my attempt to present to you my sincere worldview and my feelings about the direction in which human beings are heading under authoritarian governments, which specialize in manipulating public opinion and are the ones who dictate our current and future ways of life.

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