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Experiments with 3d flocking for trail outputs using Culebra, a live agent based plugin for Grasshopper, Rhino. These are simulations using flocking and noise behaviors in 2D/3D, mesh attraction and repulsion, as well as a self organization system for curve networks or trail outputs.

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The Islamic city and the endless grid

A project by George Katodrytis and Mi Chang

Situated near Al Nasser Square in Dubai’s Deira neighborhood, a contemporary brick mosque stands in contrast to a dense fabric of high-rise residential towers. A stepped façade underlines the importance of the west side of the building that faces Mecca. The mosque is unique in Dubai as it eschews iconic expression and contemporary interpretations of Orientalism that characterize architecture in the city. The subdued building and the small adjacent plaza reveal the influence that Islam has in everyday life, on the pattern of inhabitation and use of spaces. The Qu’ran describes paradise as a garden that is promised to true believers and, given the importance attributed to gardens, this project focuses on a small garden adjacent to the mosque.

Dubai has been subject to successive master plans initiated since 1959; however, the notion of “planning” has been challenged by the freedom of spirit of the inhabitants of this harsh environment. The contemporary city has a double character that is contemporary yet Islamic. The project proposes a floating abstract volume with adaptive surface opacity, a supersurface. This endless space acts both as a “garden” that is perceived as infinite and as a prayer space extending the interior of the mosque into the city. Acting as a public “commons” and transition space, the project remains undefined architecturally while making space for formal rituals and informal interactions. The project is boundary-less, a diagram of unfolded events, a collage machine that brings diverse populations together for the purposes of worship and reflection.

Seoul Biennale

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An installation conceived and curated by George Katodrytis, Kevin Mitchell, Maryam Mudhaffar, and Mei Chang, has opened at the prestigious Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, an event that addresses questions on the future of the city through projects and urban narratives. The exhibition is entitled ‘Projected Futures for the Commons in Dubai’ and it explores the Biennale’s theme of ‘Imminent Commons’ by considering how Dubai’s unique diversity presents both challenges and opportunities for urbanism. The installation brings together emerging UAE-based architects and designers. In keeping with the Biennale’s focus on the future of cities in the face of social, ecological and technical transformation, the installation considers what is shared by residents of a city as culturally diverse as Dubai. Each of the contributors presents a proposal that addresses how parks and other amenities can be reimagined to facilitate a sense of community among the many diverse cultures that live in Dubai. The proposals look to a future when Dubai will achieve its aspiration of reducing dependence on the automobile, allowing space currently occupied by parking to be repurposed into community-accessible amenities.

Seoul Biennale


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Abstract and Esoteric Tectonics: an independent study by architecture student Nada AlMulla.

The drawings address the challenge of architectural representation by looking into the poetics of abandoned objects and machines.

Abstract and Esoteric Tectonics Nada AlMulla
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