Yuval Yasky presents the kibbutz as a radical alternative to familiar types of human settlement. Ever since its early days, the kibbutz was conceived as a hybrid between rural and urban typologies in an attempt to eliminate the disadvantages of both types – the primitive conservatism of village life and the capitalist exploitation of the proletariat in the city – while enjoying their benefits – the physical health of rural life along with the spiritual and cultural health of civil urban society. This hybrid developed into a distinct settlement typology within which new building typologies were invented.
The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning From Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.