Focus 2019: Sustainability – Meet Liran
Growing up in Israel and soaking up its architectural heritage, you get acquainted with sustainable thinking. In the early years of the country there was a heavy emphasis on efficient, site specific solutions, in an attempt to quickly populate the new, resourceless, country. This meant a rather high degree of sustainability-oriented thinking in early Israeli architecture. Today I find the focus has been lost a bit to “bottom line”, contractor thinking, but there is still a steady base from which to learn and grow.
During my years in academia I was exposed to the intricacies of the different solutions found around the country. From the Bedouin nomads of the “Negev” desert, which constantly move due to the low amount of precipitation and thrive despite of the arid and rocky terrain, to the people of the mountains of Jerusalem who use local stone to create better, more efficient, thermal insulation and combat the hot summers and cold winters.
In my second year of architecture studies, I discovered the Japanese metabolism movement that emerged after World War II. The attempt to focus on change for the sake of the public and not for the sake of the individual captured my interest. I believe that in its essence lays the basis for a modern discussion of what sustainable architecture is and how it can be integrated into our time. These concepts served as the basis for most of my subsequent projects and aroused an appetite for creating architecture that relates to the existing urban fabric and attempts to understand how we can develop the new urban landscape while preserving and emphasizing existing ones.
During the last two years of my studies I worked as an apprentice in an architecture office in Tel Aviv, and on finishing the degree I moved to another office, also in Tel Aviv. In my free time I enjoy participating in architectural competitions and sketching urban scenes, the latter being my meditation.