Edited By: BA Portnov and AP Hare
332 pages, 110 figs, 33 tabs
The book addresses three distinctive aspects of desert development: regional planning, urban environment and building. It summarizes the results of 20 years of research carried out by the Center for Desert Architecture and Urban Planning at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. In contrast to other books on desert development, the book considers physical development of desert regions not as an end in itself, but rather as an essential precondition for creating socially attractive and desirable environments for human settlement. Desert Regions consists of three parts, each of which considers different conceptual levels of desert development: I Regional Development and Population Change; II Cities of Cold and Hot Deserts; III Building and Design. In addition to the Israeli experience, the book includes research and design from other countries (Russia, Egypt, India, Mexico) which face acute problems of regional development in climatically extreme areas.
Regional Development and Population Change: Long-Term Development Patterns of Peripheral Desert Settlements; Sustainable Population Growth; Private Construction; The Effect of Remoteness and Isolation on Peripheral Settlements; Modeling the Migration Attractiveness of a Region; The Effect of Public Policy on Population Growth in Peripheral Areas; Ecological-Oriented Options for the Sustainable Development of Drylands; Cities of Cold and Hot Deserts: Physical Environment and Social Attractiveness of Frontier Settlements; Planning Theories vs. Reality; Strategies for Reducing Airborne Dust in Desert Cities; Planning in Desert Environments; The Past as a Key for the Future in Resettling the Desert; Building and Design: A Desert Solar Neighborhood in Sede Boker, Israel; A Bio-Climatic Approach to Desert Architecture; Urban Microclimate in the Desert; Adaptive Architecture: Low-Energy Technologies for Climate Control in the Desert; Case Studies: Desert Settlements in Israel.
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