Desert Regions

Population, Migration and Environment

  • Boris A. Portnov
  • A. Paul Hare

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction

    1. Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 1-13
  3. Regional Development and Population Change

  4. Cities of Cold and Hot Deserts

  5. Building and Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Yair Etzion, David Pearlmutter, Evyatar Erell, Isaac A. Meir
      Pages 291-304
  6. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Boris A. Portnov, Wolfgang R. Motzafi-Haller
      Pages 307-321
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-332

About this book


Despite the common understanding of the importance of desert development in the contemporary world, there are relatively few books published to date on this sub­ ject. The books and collective volumes published in this field deal primarily with environmental and physical aspects of desert development such as soil, agricul­ ture, vegetation, water resources, etc. In contrast, this book addresses the issues of regional and urban development in desert areas, which have not been given sufficient attention. The present book is socially oriented. It 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. The book addresses the issues of desert development at three distinctive conceptual levels - region, urban envi­ ronment, and building -and deals with both cold and hot deserts. Approximately half of the chapters in this book are original contributions that have not been published elsewhere. The remaining chapters fall into two groups: 1) chapters which have been reprinted from various refereed journals, and 2) chapters initially printed elsewhere and revised by their respective authors specifi­ cally for this collective volume. In the former case, permission to reproduce the material has been obtained from the respective copyright holders, and the details of original publication and names of copyright holders are indicated in footnotes.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Boris A. Portnov
    • 1
  • A. Paul Hare
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Desert Architecture and Urban Planning J. Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevSede-Boker CampusIsrael
  2. 2.Social Studies Unit J. Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevSede-Boker CampusIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64288-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60171-2
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