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BGU Building Represents Israel at World Habitat Day

October 18, 2012

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To celebrate World Habitat Day and to stress the importance of building for a sustainable future, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Housing and Land Management Unit has organized a photo exhibition “Building the Future We Want.”

Pictures of sustainable buildings and green designs from countries around the world are being showcased at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The administrative building of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at BGU's Sede Boqer campus, pictured here, is representing Israel in the exhibition.

The building employs many green building techniques including evaporative cooling through a downdraft tower located in its central atrium and featured in the photo.

The building was originally designed in the early 1990s as a multifunctional complex housing a cafeteria and lounge, classrooms, administration, library, and accommodation for students and visiting faculty. 

It was renovated in 2007 for use as the main administration building of the Institutes.

Read more about the building on BGU's Web site >>

View the photography exhibition online >>