To the Desert; InPresence or In Absence
For Bedouin poets, the desert is not an arena of warbut a place of community. It isn't not a site of alienation and exile, but alocation for self-fulfilment and meditation. They don't see it as a devoid ofnature but consider it full of life. The desert in its presence or absence ispower, a nomad source of power that's always shifting and changing forms.
This research speculates the notion of camouflage which is, the means ofobscuring, screening objects so that they are lost in their surroundings. Thelocation is the outskirts of any busy city, in a site that by its nature isisolated and of a desert nature. I was fascinated by the desert and how onecan’t easily lose the sense of direction, space and views.
My intention is to create architecture,landmarks that people can relate to in the massive scale of the desert. Wherethe desert is again a place that allows new life possibilities and adestination for protection and shelter like the Bedouins have always consideredit. I'm inspired by the dunes’ pattern and how it poetically creates a dialoguebetween each grain of sand. The way sand grains sit to shape a fascinating bodyof sculpted compositions that is nicely viewed is also very inspiring. I lookedinto transforming this lyrical natural scene into a spatial and rhythmicalexperience. During the process of experimentation, one would discover that thepotential found in the grain of sand are beyond one’s expectation.
The design wasstructured, firstly, around several prototypes, built to investigate thepotential ways of applying an adhesive to solidify the structure and thereforethe outcome created .The narrative starts when those robots start to move andwalk in the desert leaving behind traces that I intend to solidify. Thosetraces provide a temporary habitat for people to inhabit and as time passes,the settlements begin to erase themselves going back to their initial state.Due to the time lapse, one undergoes a different experience every time due tothe natural build up of the dunes towards the frozen architecture. Thenarrative underlies that these robots keep building settlements as they movewhere the notion and position of habitat is in constant change relating to thejourney of path that is followed by the robots. The project is aboutconstructing a path where the desert starts to build and erase by the factorsthat are naturally surrounding it. The internal spaces of the frozen structuressit in contrast to its rough external setting. Where it inspect the lightingquality in relation to the grains' density/sparsity over a surface. Wind passesthrough the perforations that are caused by the grains’ nature that questionsthe relation between the temporary and permanent habitat. This was done toexplore the potential of building off nature without interrupting the naturalpoetic journey but rather freezing these harmonious compositions which willevolve throughout the year reflecting the changing state of the desert.
Part textual, part speculation, the project reflects on sites and peopleabandonment of an existing area but at the same time celebrating thecultivation and life of hope through acoustic lyrical apparatus.