Israel Lessons

Israel Lessons

Industrial Arcadia. Teaching and Research in Architecture

An urbanist research project on concepts of social space rooted in land domestication and landscape idolatry




Edited by Harry Gugger, Barbara Costa, Salomé Gutscher, Stefan Hörner, Charlotte Truwant

1st edition

, 2017

Text in English


196 pages, 155 color and 183 b/w illustrations, graphics, and plans

21 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-087-9

In cooperation with Laboratory Basel (laba), EPFL


This book, based on recent research at EPFL’s Laboratory Basel (laba), offers a critical look at the area that today forms the state of Israel and the Palestinian Territories and the lasting historical role of agriculture, which sprang from the Neolithic revolution in the Middle East, had for a wide range of aspects of human social and ecological development. Topics considered include agriculture’s role in territorial appropriation and domestication, in structuring the development of urbanization, in creating a national homeland narrative for the Jewish state, and in changing the climate. Israel Lessons explores in particular the three major types of Israeli agricultural development: vernacular Palestinian/Bedouin, socialist utopian Kibbutz/Moshav, and contemporary high-tech desert farming.

Presenting findings through text matched to striking images, graphics, and maps, and featuring proposals for architectural intervetions, Israel Lessons demonstrates how facts and narratives related to agriculture and the climate crisis are intertwined with geopolitics and sectarian ideals of an earthly paradise.


Other volumes in the Teaching and Research in Architecture series:

Barents Lessons (out of print)

Swiss Lessons (out of print)

Icelandic Lessons (out of print)

Venice Lessons

Portugal Lessons

Fez Lessons

Manor Lessons

Autoren & Herausgeber

Barbara Costa

 ist Architektin und zurzeit als Doktorandin und Head of Research am laba tätig. Studium der Architektur an der Universität Porto und Master's Degree in Kunst der Universität Lissabon.

Harry Gugger

 ist Architekt und seit 2005 Professor an der Architekturabteilung der Ecole polytéchnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Er leitet das EPFL-Studio Laboratoire Bâle (laba).

Salomé Gutscher

 ist Architektin und arbeitet bei laba als Teaching Assistant. Sie hat an der EPFL in Lausanne und an der Royal Academy of fine Arts in Kopenhagen studiert.

Stefan Hörner

 ist Architekt und als Head of Teaching bei laba engagiert. Er hat an der ETH Zürich studiert.

Charlotte Truwant

 ist Architektin und als Research Assistant am laba engagiert. Sie hat an der EPFL studiert.