THESIS PROJECT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY. 2014.
Site. The Site of study is in San Francisco. The area includes the stretch from Central Freeway south of Market, the I80 Freeway and the Design district till Mission Creek .
Program. The design includes a linear park along the Central Freeway and Mission Creek path. Many commercial, residential and office developments are created on the edges.
Intention. Design a more sustainable water system. Recycle remnants of the Freeway structure for other functions. Encourage a slow pace corridor for pedestrians, bikers and public transportation.
VERTICAL CITIES ASIA COMPETITION. SPRING SEMESTER UC BERKELEY. 2014.
In Collaboration with Zoe Beba, Hyojin Kim, Andrew Manuel, Saranya Konala, Bingyao Zhu.
Site. The project is located in Sewri, on the Eastern Waterfront of Mumbai. It is a polluted area with abandoned industries and fuel storage.
Program. Create a neighborhood of 100,000 inhabitants in one square kilometer with residential, educational and commercial activities.
Intention. Artha is an Indian philosophical term that is listed as an important aim in life. Artha literally means “meaning, purpose, or goal” In Hindu texts, the meaning is expanded to having all the things that are necessary for a fulfilling life. This includes wealth, career, skills, health, and community. Our goal is to design a city that allows everyone to achieve artha.
To support our development strategy, we propose a phasing system that makes use of underutilized port land on the coast to conscientiously relocate residents of the community. This is an alternative housing system for slums based on Live- Work courtyards.We enhance education and craftsmanship through the implementation of learning centers and improve economy through the commercial strip and the market by the waterfront. In order to prevent floods and create a more sustainable plan, we have to rely on clean renewable energy sources, harvesting rain water, decreasing site toxicity, increasing open space per capita, improving sanitation, preparing for climate change, and preserving the ecosystem.
PROJECT AT UC BERKELEY. URBAN DESIGN STUDIO. FALL 2013.
Site. Located in the Bay area, in San Mateo county, the site expands on one mile from the caltrain station in San Mateo to the bay.
Program. Redesign the area around the station, the streets, plot division as well as the area around the creek till the bay shore.
Intention.Thinking of the future by going back to the roots; enhance density around the San Mateo Historical core with higher buildings and narrower streets. Then, create a more bike and pedestrian friendly area by having two streets that are not accessible for cars. The creek is also thought off as a public space that plays the role of a buffer zone for sea level rise and creates a promenade from the station to the bay.
THESIS AND FINAL YEAR PROJECT. 2011.
Site. The site of investigation is in Beirut. It is the area formed by Charles Helou’s Highway/bus/taxi station and the neighborhood of Pasteur Street. Through time, the area has been transformed and disconnected from the city, fostering a void between the two entities.
Program. Along the promenade, the spine is constituted of cultural and entertainment facilities such as a library, kiosks, pavilions, galleries, workshops, cafes and open spaces.
Intention. The project is thought of as a fluid pedestrian spine giving importance to pedestrian flow. Spaces are designed along this spine as mediators along the continuity of the urban fabric and the station.
WINNER OF 1ST PRIZE. AZAR AWARD OPEN FOR FIFTH YEAR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT. 2010.
Site. The site is located on a plot adjacent to a municipality in Beirut. It will link between the ‘in-construction’ municipality, the old urban fabric, and the church’s piazza.
Program. The project is to design an extension to the municipality in Beirut. The program should mainly include green landscaped areas, multi-purpose outdoor sports terrain, children targeted indoor and outdoor areas, and an indoor swimming pool with all its facilities.
Intention. The communal center is designed not like a building but rather like an open landscape space, nonexistent in this area. The main purpose is to create a green path, which will encourage the people to jog, ride bicycle in the region.
WINNER OF 2ND PRIZE. SUSTAINABLE COMPETITION OPEN FOR 4TH YEAR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS IN LEBANON. 2010.
In Collaboration with Joanne Hayek and Zeina Koreitem.
Site. The site is located in Beirut, in a very heterogeneous urban fabric. Within the area, several major educational institutions are found.
Program. The program is mainly constituted of rooms for students with all complementary services.
Intention. The intention of this project is to raise awareness through architecture. Revisiting the traditional building life cycle, through a process of give and take, encouraging participatory architecture and affordability. A flexible building continuously in process, in construction, in which the small makes the whole, a sustainable, sharing whole.
VERTICAL STUDIO AND WORKSHOP. ALTERNATIVE GUIDE FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM IN BEIRUT, LEBANON. 2010.
Mapping and collage of the city Beirut was done in collaboration with all the students of the studio "An Alternative Guide to Beirut" at the American University of Beirut. http://infrastructurebeirut.blogspot.com/
Site. Energizer is located on an empty site rented by an international circus.
Program. The idea is to redesign a circus, to create better environment for the animals, use their waste to produce Energy and make the whole project accessible for the public at any time. Energizer contains the biogas facility, labs, open spaces for animals and a temporary circus.
Intention. Taking into account how a biogas functions, the whole project is thought of as a magnet that sucks the waste and transforms it into gas, liberating it upwards. Circulation scheme is shaped in the same direction: animals/waste circulation and visitors circulation are visually connected but the two loops never meet.
VERTICAL STUDIO GAIA. 2009.
Site. The site selected was in nature, a rocky landscape in the mountains with a slope of 45 degree.
Program. The house belongs to a sculptor, an artisan that uses the rocks in the landscape for the creation of his artifacts.
Intention. The house is well integrated in the rocky landscape, having the same sharpness lines of the rocks. The house has an ecological system: Rainwater collection, recycling of grey water, ventilation.
AA ISTANBUL VISITING SCHOOL CRAFTED TOWER. 2011.
In collaboration with Yasmina Chami, Joanne Hayek and Zeina Koreitem.
Site. Located in a hybrid neighborhood in Istanbul, where there is no link among its different elements, slums, office towers and new residential complex. The tower merge in the surroundings like a parasite, anchors and link the different components of the site.
Program. The tower consists of public spaces stacked vertically, workshops, exhibition, playground, etc.
Intention. The structure originated from the Ottoman traditional pattern based on the pentagon: the deca pattern. The pentagon being an odd number, the tracing of the pattern always leads to unclosed loops, and a constant rotation along the way. The tower works as a 3D interpretation of the deca’pattern. The loops as slow and fast circulations, the in-between spaces as diamonds that take the shape of the structure, enclosed pockets for spaces to take place.