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5th year studio work, Fall 2015, American University of Sharjah

Per_form_active urbanism: City as Playground and Production

City as both Playground and Production
We will be looking at opportunities for the replacement of the hierarchical forms of urban organization with self-managed, non-hierarchical ones, the studio speculates alternative city spaces that can replace the ever-increasing need for work, education, healthcare, culture and leisure facilities and the lack of spaces for production – cultural, material fabrication, services, leisure, etc. Our challenge is to make a city space compact and affordable by re-utilizing its empty or vacant spaces what it is able to gather and transmit.
We will begin the year by making and testing imaginative tools for play. Materialization plays a primary role throughout the semester. Our techniques will explore the beauty of incompleteness and temporality when combined with permanent details. Dubai’s programs and spatiality are continuously transformed while its architecture is defined by a series of concrete facts. It is this combination of adoptability and preciseness that we would like to craft through making details at 1:1 (hands), 1: 5 (body), 1:20 (room) and1:1000 (city).
We will explore the potentials of formlessness in architecture in the early stages of the design process, time-based experiments with appearance that cannot be reduced to a singular figure or shape; they maintain a tendency towards change and transformation, openness and ambiguity.

Design Stages:
1. Sensory agents (1 week)
2. Collages and hybrids (1 week)
3. Material modeling – Formation I (volume) (2 weeks)
4. Digital modeling – Formation II (surface) (2 weeks) – [The beginning of the design project]
5. Programming and siting (3 weeks)
6. System and kit of parts (1 weeks)
7. Prototyping (zoom-in) 1:1 or multiplying (zoom-out) 1:1000 (2 weeks)
8. Presentation (3 weeks)

Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio Final Review posters

Studio AUS fall 2015 Farah Alkhoury
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Studio AUS fall 2015
Student projects and presentations

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Learning from Education City, Doha. Presentation titled ‘Per_form.ative urbanism in the Gulf’

Urbanism in the region has a remarkable precedent. New technologies of communication and transmission of imagery have brought about dramatic morphological changes. Westernization was interpreted as the only form of modernization. Yet emergent practices of dynamic processes and topological modeling are now capable to incorporate a new language in architecture that can reconnect urbanism to modern life, environmental specificity and culture. Instead of celebrating the uniqueness of the architectural object, performative urbanism focuses on how the object (material tectonics), the process of production (programmatic iterations) and local behavior (contextual anomalies) can become culturally relevant.

Learning from Education City

Learning from Academic City
Learning from Academic City
Learning from Academic City
Moderating a discussion with Antoine Predock, Legorreta, Rem Koolhaas and Ali Mangera.

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Member of the jury at the Archmarathon Awards Beirut 2015 attended by 2000 people per day.

The Archmarathon for Arab and Mediterranean Countries event was a three intensive days of international presentations and reviews by 42 studios, selected and representing 15 countries. These were divided into 9 categories : Arts & Culture; Education Buildings; Workspaces; Religious Buildings; Hotel & Leisure; Private Housing; Mixed Tenure Housing and Buildings; Transport; Landscape & Public Spaces.

Archmarathon 2015 Beirut

Archmarathon Awards Beirut 2015
Archmarathon Awards Beirut 2015
Archmarathon Awards Beirut 2015

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Cityscape
Categories are separated into Built Projects (those with a minimum of one phase completed and operational with the last 3 years) and Future Projects (those commenced onsite but not yet completed).

Categories:
Mixed Use Project Award
Description: A building, complex of buildings, or development with 3 or more uses/asset classes represented.
Examples: Offices/ residential/ retail/ cinema/ catering

Commercial Project Award
Description: A building or complex of single commercial use
Examples: Office buildings, factories, warehouses, logistics and distribution facilities

Leisure & Hospitality Project Award
Description: A building or complex that provides a leisure and/or hospitality function(s)
Examples: Hotels, serviced apartments, sports & leisure facilities, restaurants

Community, Culture & Tourism Project Award
Description: A public building or complex for the arts or serving the community
Examples: Museums, visitor centres, educational facilities, hospitals, religious buildings, airport

Residential Project Award
Description: A residential development of a minimum of 10 units
Examples: Villa/townhouse complex, apartments

Retail Project Award
Description: A retail development with a minimum of 10 units
Examples: Malls, retail districts

Environmental Sustainability Project Award

Dubai Cityscape Awards

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