The overall visual character of the portable houses within
their context is one of a contrast. On one hand there are the new, organized,
industrially mass-produced caravans, and on the other hand there is the
natural setting of a dessert landscape, with less or no vegetation and dynamic
topography with many hills and valleys, dried river beds which have been
growing over centuries. The rectangular, one story and compact single unit
caravans are formally and constructively not suitable for the site conditions.
They appear to be ‘forced’ onto the hill top, being not connected
and unrelated to the surrounding. They seem as having arrived only recently
at this ‘wild’ place. The forces are those of the nature, challenging
the mobile houses in their structure and overall layout, while the caravans
try to attach themselves to the ground.
Important is also the fact that not only one but clusters of mobile houses are placed orderly and densely on the hilltop. This underlines the stark visual contrast between the ‘built-up’ areas and the surrounding nature, the grouped housing of humans and the vast, wide landscape, the orthogonal elements and bright colors of the caravans versus the organic and varying forms and colors of the hills, valleys and wadis. The density within the ‘built-up’ boundaries marked by the electric masts and the wide and limitless landscape are in stark contrast.
Kefar Adummim is much more developed than the other two settlements in terms of size, vegetation, and activity opportunities. Here, the community is not a big family anymore but a large anonymous body. Communal activities within and beyond the Kefar Adummim are strong. Parents drive through many settlements to collect their and other families’ children and drop them off again, transporting children to and from school, music lessons, visits or tours. This settlement has also stops for a bus and for hitchhiking (very common in the settlements). The mobile houses are also connected to internet. ‘Caravans’ are used for various functions: residential inhabitation, kindergarten, children’s activity spaces, additions or pizza places.