• Desert Ecologies

    AAVS Jordan 2013, "Desert Ecologies." [uto] Group 01.

    AA Visting School Jordan 2013
    director: Riyad JOUCKA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    AAVS Jordan 2013 (Riyad JOUCKA, director): AA Visiting School Jordan 2013 was an intensive research program dedicated to the mimicry of natural formations evident in desert ecologies.

    The workshop proposed rethinking the process of developing architectural interventions within the Jordanian desert. Set within the dynamic city of Amman, the rose-rock carved city of Petra and the echoing desert of Wadi Rum.

    The context of the south Jordan desert ecology was used as a precedent to experimenting with material processes in architectural design. Geological formations of Jordanian landscapes had a major impact on the outcomes of this research. The group started their exploration with a trip to Wadi Rum and Petra, to document the natural and man-made materializations within the Jordanian desert. Computational design tools were used to script logic systems that generated formal iterations, following certain programmatic functions of interventions planned by the students within fore-mentioned sites.

    Improvising on additive processes such as Analogue 3-D printing with sand, the Co-de-it unit simulated shelters that are nestled within the natural environment of the Jordanian desert with minimal interference. Scaled models of these were prototyped using ad-hoc technologies and innovative materials. The consistency of sand as an efficient and available building material, as well as the coherence and fluidity of the geometries used was part of the group’s strategy to introduce minimal-impact interventions with the serene environments of the desert.

    The [uto] unit planned at the larger scale of urban settlements. These were to be robotically excavated directly onto the topography of the desert and would have forms that regulate their interiors in a passive manner. CNC Milling on natural Jordanian limestone was attempted to represent scaled models of these ideas. Carving directly onto the face of the desert topography, the group simulated settlement patterns that emerge with no preconceived notions of top-down urban planning.

    We present this work as an insight to the value of innovation in computational design and material experimentation. It is an emergent exertion of international and Jordanian professionals, students and academics that collaborated within 10 days to produce these outcomes.

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    Directed by: Riyad Joucka
    Marketing and Management: Farah Ragheb
    Tutors: [uto] Unit (Austria): Ursula Frick, Thomas Grabner; Co-De-It (Italy): Alessandro Zomparelli, Tommaso Casucci.

    [uto] Unit:
    Abeer Seikaly
    Ammar Ghazal
    Diyaa Abu-Eisheh
    Hammed Al-Mutawa
    Luma Ifram
    Muhammad Abboudeh
    Muneerah Alrabe
    Nick Tyrer
    Nizar Taha
    Omar Qubain
    Rida Qurashi
    Sima Oklah Al-Zou’bi
    Stephanie Yacoubian

    Adeen Ghaith
    Agata Kurzela
    Ban Edilbi
    Farah Mudhefer
    Hashem Joucka
    Mahmoud Aref
    Mohammad Al-Majed
    Morad Alzaghal
    Sarah Hussein
    Shahad Farouk Ghafoory
    Sounia Al Nimri
    Suha Hasan
    Tala Fasheh
    Zeid Madi

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