Educational Communities

> Location
Kibbutz Eshbal, Kibbutz Ravid
<p class="p1" dir="rtl"><span class="large medium">˄</span>&nbsp;Educators and students lodgings</p><div><div><p class="p1" dir="rtl">&gt; Seminar Center</p></div></div>

˄ Educators and students lodgings

> Seminar Center

<div><div><p class="p1" dir="rtl"><span class="large">˄</span>&nbsp;<span class="hps">Office and</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span class="hps">classroom building</span></p><div><div><p class="p1" dir="rtl">&gt; Library</p></div></div></div></div>

˄ Office and classroom building

> Library

<p class="p1" dir="rtl"><span class="large">˄</span>&nbsp;Bilingual school</p><div><div><p class="p1" dir="rtl">&gt; Baal Hakida, Tel-Aviv</p></div></div>

˄ Bilingual school

> Baal Hakida, Tel-Aviv

<p class="p1" dir="rtl">&gt;&nbsp;Urban Planning, Kibbutz Eshbal</p>

> Urban Planning, Kibbutz Eshbal

<p class="p1" dir="rtl">&gt;&nbsp;Urban Planning, Kibbutz Ravid</p>

> Urban Planning, Kibbutz Ravid

In the last 10 years, in the course of planning work in the "Educational Communities" field, our office has dealt with a number of criteria, such as education, cooperation, society and community, subjects that the "Youth and Work" movement members are used to handling on an ongoing daily basis. The planning process was carried out together with the adult members of the movement on the Eshbal and Ravid kibbutzim.

The movement members are trying to find solutions in a society that lost the Zionism spirit of the 20th century. In the opinion of the movement members, a supportive educational community that is consistently focused on its objectives can fulfill its aims successfully. Our office regards the planning work with the movement members as an architectural goal, to which we should aspire. Our office joined in the thinking and planning activities in partnership with the movement members, starting with the master plans for Eshbal & Ravid, and continuing with: Educational facilities such as the seminar center, classrooms and offices, Establishment of an educational movement planning process, Renovation and management of the movement buildings, Planning and construction of a Community House in the Tel Aviv Shapira quarter. Ot her projects: A number of contemporary subjects were raised during joint meetings and workshops: evaluation of society and community, thinking about true and profound human values, assuming leadership and responsibility, understanding other people's needs, tolerance, and individual and community achievements within the context of Jewish and Zionist values. The architectural work process dealt with the most basic concepts of the profession: to translate the abstract concept and ideas expressed by the Educational Community into tangible physical components of geometry, material, texture, color – which are the basic tools of the architectural profession. The problem is how to create a synthesis of the various parameters, and plan a physical space for a community that deals with abstract subjects and seeks continuous change and development for itself and for society. For example: planning a building that allows for various combinations of tutors teaching different subjects according to the educational program of each group. The first step was to have a master plan of the kibbutz, which was divided into "elements". Teams were designated to devise definitions of each "element" and its relationship to other "elements," such as a building for groups of tutors, a seminar center, a "youth house" for deprived youths who live for about 3 years in the kibbutz until they reach maturity, a "science and standpoint" center (traditional definition – a school), planning of the kibbutz center (offices, library and auditorium) and farm buildings. The relationship between the "elements" was defined according to different aspects, such as the educational activities of local members and of visitors, the need for affinity or disconnection between the "elements", the need for different types of meetings (essential, occasional, etc).