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Bahrain, 2017.

  John Alfred Gotch, ‘Floor Plans of the Keep’, 1909.

John Alfred Gotch, ‘Floor Plans of the Keep’, 1909.

Introduction

Buildings, within the discipline of architecture, have typically been described and dissected through the use of plans, sections and axonometric drawings. This workshop will produce buildings through the medium of tracing and intersecting of various drawings to create a hybrid object. Contextual knowledge of the chosen building will be exchanged for an aesthetical understanding of the language it produces. In current practice a lot of effort is placed on the creation of meaning or attempting to justify complex processes, but the results are still ‘dumb box’ buildings that don’t seem to resonate with the ideology that produced them. 

  Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, 'Coal Bunkers', 1974.

Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, 'Coal Bunkers', 1974.

Approach

The focus of the current FIGURETYPE approach will be that of ‘dumb techniques’ that produce objects that can be analyzed and understood as having architectural complexity, through the use of a formal language. When the research is completed, we will  analyze different kinds of building massing through the same lens, allowing a more comprehensive cross-examination of buildings, which is also known as interarchitecturality, an analytical tool that changes the relationship between one work of architecture and another.

  Project for Group of Houses by O. M. Ungers, 1976.

Project for Group of Houses by O. M. Ungers, 1976.

Students

Abdullah Masud/ Ahmed Abdulrahman/ Abdelhamed Ahmed Rakha/ Ali Zuhair Alqubaity/ Amira Hamza/ Ayera Farheen/ Hannan Fatima/ Layla Isa/ Maleeha Malik/ Manal Al Amri/ Maryam Nooh/ Mohamed Mohsen/ Mohmaed Olaywat/ Monika Vishwakarma/ Nayla Al Zaabi/ Noora Essam El Fooly/ Rawan Jahromi/ Safa Al Fulaij/ Salma Simeen/ Sara Kooheji/ Sara Tamer/ Sarada Kalavar/ Wadha Al Kaabi/ Walaa Kadhim Yousif/ Yasser A. Aziz.