Architecture and Utopia: The Israeli Experiment

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Ashgate Pub., 2007 - Architecture - 250 pages
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There are more than 450 Moshavim settlements and about 270 kibbutzim in Israel. While there is a range of communal and cooperative kibbutz movements, all with slight ideological differences, they are all collective rural communities, based on an ideal to create a social utopian settlement. Placing the kibbutz within the wider context of utopian social ideals and how they have historically been physically and architecturally constructed, this book discusses the form of the 'ideal settlement' as an integral part and means for realizing a utopian doctrine. It presents an analysis of physical planning in the kibbutz through the past eight decades and how changes in ideology are reflected in changes in layout and aesthetics. In doing so, this book shows how a utopian settlement organization behaves over time, from their first appearance in 1920 on, to an examination of the current spatial layouts and the directions of their expected future development.

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Michael and Bracha Chyutin are leading Israeli architects, whose firm has won many competitions and awards for public buildings designs. Michael Chyutin has been the editor of the Israeli Architectural Association Journal and also published several books and articles on modern and ancient architecture and on Biblical studies.

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