Abdullah Khouri, Janet Jacob
American University of Sharjah, College of Architecture, art and Design, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Architecture is not only about buildings but also about processes and systems. The interrelations and interactions of people and spaces play a huge role in… more
Ana Luisa Rolim is an architect and educator, with experiences encompassing architectural design… more
The project touches on a very timely subject, which is urban agriculture as a means to promote sustainability and a tight sociocultural connection with local culture. The main argument that this can be reached by combining technology and local tradition is a valid one, and the proposed connection is one to be pursued indeed.
In order to strengthen and clearly convert the form-generating process it would be important to add conceptual diagrams, expanding the written documentation. These schemes (such as simple axonometric perspectives) should express both the relationship of the architectural form with the site and the nature of the geometry in itself (for instance: Was the shape inspired by a particular vernacular tradition / object? Does the form-generating process depart from a polygon mesh surface?). These images should be included at the beginning of the presentation, perhaps after an overall 3D view of the project, which should also be added to the set of renderings. The specific views presented were very helpful but starting with the overall idea before getting into details is always a didactic strategy.
In terms of architectural geometry, the building shell could offer more sectional variations, generating a profile varying in height and width, which would contribute to the uniqueness of the shape. On the other hand, as per previous comments, more information on the negotiations between shape and site would be required to evaluate such operations.
Considering that the weather in Dubai is humid and reaches high temperatures, it is unlikely that the proposed building skin would be sufficient to protect users and produce from over exposure to sun and other natural elements. Adding some solid parts to the skin could not only minimize the issue but also add more variety to the design. A sustainability diagram addressing issues, such as sun exposure and cross-ventilation would be very valuable.
In regards to the technical drawings, instead of including the formal drawing sheets it would be more impactful to select the most important information (plans, sections and a couple of details) and graphically treat them in a way that it would make it easier to read them (such as, increasing the scale of most relevant details and fine-tuning line definition according to scale). Sometimes having lists of specifications on competition boards is not very attractive. In general, too much text in one single board should be avoided. It would be better to create graphic schemes with essential colours and materials.
The initiative to explore an alternative to minimize climate change is an important one and deserves to be praised. Moving away from pesticide-driven agriculture and heading towards agro-ecology is one of the solutions we should seek to address through architecture.
Architecture is not only about buildings but also about processes and systems. The interrelations and interactions of people and spaces play a huge role in shaping the built environment around us. Dealing with the context of the site and the complexity of the urban fabric, the project innovative design systems go beyond the physical realm. Rediscovering the old urban market typology in the region reveals a surprising history of ideas. Using materials that talk to the history of the site and the trade activity that once occurred in the area, traditional materials are reimagined to convey a visual effect of humility via craft and provide a high level of environmental performance. The technologically driven design borrows materials and techniques from the trade discipline that helped shape the regional commercial activity back in the day. Hence, the sensible use of technology along with the application of local tradition is the ultimate resolution to the current challenges facing the architectural discipline and the urban infrastructure.
The parameters of the project focus on improving the quality of air, increasing the contribution of clean energy, and implementing green growth plans. As an urban market located in Dubai, the proposal achieves a perfect balance between economic and social development. The intent of the project is to celebrate food culture and promote healthy eating and access to good quality produce locally. Urban agriculture is a social movement for sustainable communities, where organic growers, foodies, and locavores form social networks founded on a shared ethos of nature and community. Many people are looking for food security, nutrition, and income generation which are key motivations for urban agriculture and local markets. People who live in cities need a more direct access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products through urban agriculture. All of this combined seeks to further improve the quality of life and encourage sustainable alternatives for growing and consumption of agricultural produce.
The project design documents are at 100% design developments stage. The documents include a comprehensive aspect of the project containing site analysis and research conducted prior to the project, rendered visualization of completed project, building code review, building façade design, sections and plans of various scales to show context within the site, and the spatial arrangement of the market. The projects structural design is shown in the foundation plans, framing plans and detailed wall section model. The details of the project are also carefully designed and curated including the bathroom details, lighting, and ceiling conditions. The project is designed to allow for easy assembly of prefabricated systems on site in a relatively short period of time.