The Tav Group has long been searching for a place to live and work together in harmony with the environment. An arena to lodge an old-new social and ecological phenomenon, answering basic needs and modest wills that in the prevailing social and political circumstances are rarely addressed.
The physical want for a better contact with nature and a better agreement with our physical bodies.
The emotional need for a loving congregation of people, women and men, old and young, family and friends. The social want for a complementary circle, larger than the family cell and smaller than the anonymous political framework. Indeed, a search for a lost tribe, the circle around the fire, the sound of drums, song and dance.
The spiritual want to dwell in an environment that will promote growth: creating, meditating, learning and sharing knowledge.
The will to integrate the two separate modern realms of life and work.
Thus, the place is to be built in a sustainable way, with a 'soft tread on the earth' attitude. It should support a sustainable lifestyle, intending not to cause an ecological burden on the environment, but rather, where possible, to make a recovering intervention and to rehabilitate places that man has upset in the past.
The design of the settlement will consider the following principles:
A place rooted in its soil: A vernacular, Mediterranean building approach, with the typical street, square and court, modest in shape and volume, made of local, natural materials. A traditional mode of settlement with long proven revenues: the passive climate control, the economy and efficiency of construction and use, the ecological soundness, the support it provides for the endurance of natural social patterns and its human scale.
Combined land use: places of work and residence, vehicles and pedestrians, farming, terraces, vineyards and livestock in urban open space.
Variety: different people, different occupations, families and singles, citizens and guests, a mixture of building sizes and densities, different trees and shrubs, different agricultural growths, will all enhance the sustainability of the community.
Resources: harnessing natural, local energy sources, collection of rainwater and prevention of rainwater runoff, recycling gray water and sewage, litter recycling, avoidance from polluting technologies and from visual and acoustic impairments, preservation of flora and fauna.
Essential occupations, such that provide daily commodities, will be encouraged: food, cloth, clothing, tool and vessel manufacture, shelter and furniture, cleaning and maintenance, as well as institutes of socialization: coffee house, bathing house, laundry room.
Traditional organic agriculture, primarily growing the seven kinds, will take place in vacant space, public and private. Goats will mow the grasses and trim the orchard trees.
At the midst of the project, a center of culture and environment will be established, seeking to promote the kinship between man and his surrounding, A cultural well that will draw people together, guests and inhabitants, through cultural and educational activities. These will create a basis for mutual nourishment and stimulate refreshing ideas and relationships. At the center, knowledge exchange will occur, allowing teaching and learning as a key to personal and social development. The Tav settlement itself will serve as a test case for review and analysis at the center.