Redefining Religious Spaces - Mosque as a Social Catalyst

Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology

Idea projektu

The project aims to redefine traditional religious structures by implementing sustainable development goals within a mosque in Baluchistan, Pakistan. It strives to design a sustainable and communal space that promotes a sense of ownership through place-making strategies. By adopting a neo-vernacular approach that respects regional materials and construction techniques, the project seeks to create an inclusive environment for people of all ages. Community programs like community kitchens, bazaars, and safe spaces for play are promoted to increase visibility on the street and foster social cohesion.

Popis projektu

The project focuses on a mosque located in Baluchistan, Pakistan, with the objective of transforming it into a sustainable and communal space. In early Islam, mosques served as community centers for social cohesion without discrimination. The design concept aims to revive this aspect by incorporating elements that promote inclusivity, functionality, and nature connectivity. The mosque design includes prayer spaces, educational facilities, recreational areas, and mortuary spaces, catering to various religious activities and events such as weddings. The use of regional materials and a neo-vernacular approach emphasizes sustainability and traditional elements.

Technické informace

1. Sustainable Water Management: To address water scarcity in the region, the mosque design includes a roof designed specifically to store water. Additionally, a replicated bamboo mesh tower, inspired by the concept of a minaret, serves as a fog water collector. These features contribute to sustainable water management and address the availability and conservation of water.

2. Self-Sustainability: The design focuses on minimizing energy dependency through innovative strategies. Bamboo is utilized for roofs and columns, rammed earth for walls, and thatch for the roof, highlighting sustainable materials and construction techniques. Step gardens are integrated into the design to support farming and plantation activities, promoting the mosque's self-sustainability.

3. Inclusive Spaces: The project design fosters inclusivity by providing spaces that promote gender equality and equal opportunities for growth and development. Educational facilities, referred to as madrasas, are included to cater to both males and females. Additionally, a guesthouse called "mehman khana" is designed to accommodate visitors at minimal charges, enhancing inclusivity and community engagement.

4. Economic Growth: The project actively supports sustainable economic growth by creating opportunities for local businesses to thrive. The establishment of a bazaar within the mosque contributes to uplifting the regional economy, providing employment prospects, and fostering a sustainable and inclusive economic environment.

The holistic design and implementation of the project address immediate challenges and positively impact several Sustainable Development Goals. By promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and community engagement, the project serves as an example of integrated approaches towards achieving sustainable development and creating a better future for the community in Baluchistan, Pakistan.

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