Possible Architecture : : the Dhow #1
Winter Architecture School (WAS) : : Material Ecologies
This workshop is an exploration of the possibilities of the Dhow, a traditional boat in Bahrain. The country being an archipelago has a history of ship making that extends to 1800-2000 BC according to some sources and archaeological findings.
We will be looking at the craft of making Dhows, abstracting some processes into contemporary technology and practice in architecture.
The workshop intends to juxtapose indigenous techniques and materials native to Bahrain onto contemporary practice of computational design and digital fabrication. We will aim to look beyond the simple revival of traditional building methods through deliberate deconstruction and re-assemblage of structural and material elements of the Dhow in search for contemporary vernacular forms.
This program aims to revisit and challenge both traditional and contemporary architectural systems and processes by introducing new and advanced modes of operation. Over the course of WAS, a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops will take place, all of which are conducted and led by renowned professionals and academics with topics related to the studio’s agendas. Furthermore, site visits and discussions will take place with artisans in the ship-making trade.
Those discussions will be followed by investigations by the participants of the material ecologies of the Dhow by creating several prototypes and models. Participants will be working towards developing a design of an inhabitable structure.
WAS intends to step away from the nostalgia that is commonly associated with the trade of ship-making and allows for the form of the structure to evolve as it has done historically through the use of new technologies. Ultimately, this workshop is an excursion into looking for unique architectural solutions through a preserved tradition.
Boum : : Sanbuk : : Baggarah : : Jalbut : : Bateel : : Jahazi : : Shu’i
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