This paper reports initial findings from post occupancy evaluations of desert Kibbutz tossing in the southern Arava. Evaluations of housing and buildings by residents have proven to be of substantial value in the the design of structures and the data they provide is beginning to he seen as an important addition to the design process. It is a relatively new dimension however, and is not yet in widespread use. Studies began in January 1985, when a photographic record was rnae nf housing types on the seven Kibbutzim in the southern Arava which lie along the road leading north from the city of Eilat.