Living Desert

An organic model for sustainable urbanism, based on principles learned from the desert biological ecosystem, which offers a rethinking of the interaction between community and place in the town of Yerucham.

Tom Weil

WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education

Living in the solitude of desert, where the harsh climate shapes everyday life and accentuates the most basic human needs, is expressed in a way of life that relies on collaborations between people and the available resources. Such interactions expose the synergy that is the basis of desert life.

The project offers a fractal model based on the principles of organisms in nature to provide a rethinking of the urban desert design, and in particular the urban renewal of the town of Yerucham. The project’s urban and structural model provides the tools for the local community to self-sustain and create new opportunities inherent in human connections.

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