Project 01: Refugee
After finishing on the site plan of the refugee camp, we each choose a building and designed it to be functional and temporary. I chose to design a health clinic for vaccinations, minor injuries, health checkups, and some therapy.
As I began to work on this, I already had a few ideas in mind from working on the entire camp. I wanted it to seem open and accessible, while keeping it protected from the elements and secure. The medical supplies stored inside are huge security concerns, and so I struggled with that.
In the end, I kept my design simple. I used canvas to cover and insulate the clinic, and used a net to keep bugs out. Inside, I had two hallways run through, and I did not use actual doors; instead I had the idea to use something like a tent curtain to maximize the flow of the building.
Project 02: Rebuild
In this project, our team worked to rebuild elements of Aleppo, selecting one neighborhood in the Qal'at Ash Sharif district.
Jared and I worked together to create a mixture of a marketplace and apartment building. Our goal was to upscale buildings where the ground floor is a store/restaurant, and the business owners live in the rooms above. This way, we could clear out what seemed to be a large commercial road to make affordable living space and an opportunity for economic regrowth.
For my part in the project, I designed the public shop space. My main challenge was fitting a large amount of rooms with enough space for each vendor to create shops with a more personal and unique touch, which is why the only rooms I really furnished were the food courts. This was made even more difficult when we realized we had to scale down the size of the building, as it was originally two long malls on either side of a 30 ft. road.