So, this is some of my final work. I see this as a work in progress, a discussion, one way to regenerate the village. I hope to post the rest of my proposal soon. My aim for this thesis, this blog, is not to propose a finished project for the village. I want to generate understanding, knowledge and interest for as much people as possible. Presenting something that is up for discussion, that we can use as grounds for further work. There are so many things to consider in regenerating such a unique historical place. Religious, archaeological, architectural, historical, social and economical. But the one word that embrace these elements, is SUSTAINABLE. So, how can we create a sustainable village? a sustainable new village, based on authenticity , humbleness and future needs. How can we best take the knowledge of what was, and create living space?
i have made different textures in gypsum to explore possible surface on my added buildings. in the hub i have added new buildings, where old buildings have totally collapsed. so, with adding one new type of architecture, i am just adding to the historic way of dealing with architecture in the village. there are basically three typologies in the village ( five, if you count some “imported” architecture on a couple of buildings.) but, the rule has been to evolve and adapt. so, for me, to evolve and adapt one new typology is a terms with the way of dealing with architecture and materiality throughout the history of the place.
anyway, these are some of the explorations i have done now. working with negative structure. using materials from palm-trees and leafs to create a negative structure. (i actually saw this being done in Mosambique, and will post the picture later).
the issue with the parking is difficult. but i have decided to situate it as close to the center of the village as possible. this, for several reasons. one, is because of heat. the car is as fact, and the heat is a fact. in summer, it gets close to 50 degrees, and you do not want to walk for 10 or even 3 minutes from your car to your house. secondly, to generate more life and use of the suq-axis. if you park your car at the outer perimeter of the village, the chance of going in to the center and doing your shopping is smaller. by putting it in the core of the suq, it will be more attractive to use it on a more regular basis. another is use of space. there is a good deal of space in this area, and this will make the logistic of the village much more practical and smooth. and, lastly, to gather all cars, and create some sort of shelter for them, both for the cars, but also to eliminate the visual pollution that cars will have in this village.
this is to give an idea of how the hub will function, in a social matter. the focus is on the private meeting the public.
once i have figured out the system, it`s function and amount, the real issue is now to adapt it to the existing situation. to make use of the solar pv system as shading is to give meaning to the system. it could have easily been put on top of the roof, but the importance of making the system visible needs to be emphazised and gives the technical system a important function in the public space.
this solution is a structure of cables stretched between four columns and has solar pv panles of varied sizes lying on top of them. this will give the important shading, but also letting in light and giving the rather rigid system a more organic aspect.
I have for some days been exploring the use of desalination plants. United arab emirates has some of the world biggest plants for transforming saltwater into fresh water.
UAE is the country in the world with the least amount of fresh water pr capita, and the country in the world with the highest use of water pr capita. This is a problem. A desalination plant uses a huge amount of power to transform seawater into fresh water.
I have been looking at small scale solar stills. They transform seawater into fresh water by condensation. This system require little power, and is first and foremost run on solar heating. Connected to the greenhouse roof, this can also function as shading for the plants, making the greenhouse cooler but as efficient. I have also done some calculations in regards to need.
One hub is connected to appr. 20 units.
In relations to the village, and it`s history this is a perfect adaptation to how they retrieved their water 60 years ago. Back then, there was underground water and wells. So, gatering fresh water on site is keeping it authentic, and autonomous.
i have been working in a 1:100 scaled model for some weeks now, trying out different ways of connecting the system with the social hub. this hub has been chosen because of it`s position in the village. this is a area where workers are starting to move in, and it has a diversity of buildings and history.
my aim is to solve this one hub, so that my system can easily adapt to the other 11 hubs, when necessary.
based on the input of the systems I want to re-generate the social living-conditions in this area. With fresh water, a greenhouse that provide food, electricity that provide shading & shelter and blackwater-cells that provide greeneries i hope to establish a foundation for people to start living here again.