Urban Design and Landscape
The background research of this thesis project revolves around the phenomenon of informal settlement both globally and within Pakistan. Where Machar Colony,… more
I am an architect and researcher focused on the points of convergence between space, politics and… more
Congratulations Wania on the original and captivating project. It is full of intrigue, and the research appears thorough and considered.
You have found a tangible problem and responded with a practical, imaginative and realistic proposal, using found materials and giving them new life.
The visuals and presentation are excellent - I enjoyed following the project and the presentation was clear and concise.
If you wish to take the project further, it would be nice to see some more experiential visuals of how it feels to use the space - beyond the purely tectonic/practcal.
But all in all, I commend you on an excellent project and wish you all the best for the future.
Thanks a lot for your feedback. I am highly obliged to hear your comments regarding my project.
I would love to take the project ahead.
I was trying to upload an animation of how the following module works but due to some technical issue, it didn't get uploaded.
Therefore if you could share your email I can share it with you.
The background research of this thesis project revolves around the phenomenon of informal settlement both globally and within Pakistan. Where Machar Colony, one of the oldest and largest informal settlements in Karachi-Pakistan is chosen as a realm for engagement for this project. It is a coastal settlement hence prone to flooding due to rising sea-level. The main goal was to design flood-resistant housing for the fishermen community living in the area.
The scope of the project solution is sustainable, low-cost amphibious dwellings that are resistant to floods and rising sea-level
The buoyant foundations for amphibious dwellings are constructed of fiber drums. But in this proposed thesis project the buoyant foundation is constructed of recycled pet bottles as a low-cost alternative to expensive fiber drums. The pet bottles are grouped in packets and tied in each 2'x2' sized partitions of the floating plate. The floor plate is covered using recycled fishing net found in the community which is almost scrap and cannot be further used by fishermen.