AAVS Jordan Poster 2013

AAVS Jordan Poster 2013

AAVS Jordan Poster 2013

AAVS Jordan Poster 2013

AA Visiting School Jordan 2013 -

Desert Ecologies



PROJECT | AA Visiting School Jordan- Desert Ecologies

PLACE | Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra

ROLE | Director

DATE | 2013

MATERIALS | Sand and Limestone

The workshop proposed rethinking the process of developing architectural interventions within the Jordanian desert. Set within the dynamic city of Amman, the rose-rock carved city of Petra and the echoing desert of Wadi Rum.

The context of the south Jordan desert ecology was used as a precedent to experimenting with material processes in architectural design. Geological formations of Jordanian landscapes had a major impact on the outcomes of this research. The group started their exploration with a trip to Wadi Rum and Petra, to document the natural and man-made materializations within the Jordanian desert. Computational design tools were used to script logic systems that generated formal iterations, following certain programmatic functions of interventions planned by the students within fore-mentioned sites.

Special thanks to our material sponsors:
Sharkeyoon Art Stone


Unit-1_Co-De-iT Unit

Processing sketch showing simulation

Processing sketch showing simulation


 Alessandro Zomparelli, Tommaso Casucci.

STUDENTS_ Adeen Ghaith, Agata Kurzela, Ban Edilbi, Farah Mudhefer, Hashem Joucka, Mahmoud Aref, Mohammad Al-Majed, Morad Alzaghal, Sarah Hussein, Shahad Farouk Ghafoory, Sounia Al Nimri, Suha Hasan, Tala Fasheh, Zeid Madi

Improvising on additive processes such as Analogue 3-D printing with sand, the Co-de-it unit simulated shelters that are nestled within the natural environment of the Jordanian desert with minimal interference. Scaled models of these were prototyped using ad-hoc technologies and innovative materials. The consistency of sand as an efficient and available building material, as well as the coherence and fluidity of the geometries used was part of the group’s strategy to introduce minimal-impact interventions with the serene environments of the desert.


Unit-2_ [uto] UNIT

Rendering showing an aerial view of the desert settlement

Rendering showing an aerial view of the desert settlement

TUTOR_Thomas Grabner, Ursula Frick

STUDENTS_ Abeer Seikaly, Ammar Ghazal, Diyaa Abu-Eisheh, Hammed Al-Mutawa, Luma Ifram, Muhammad Abboudeh, Muneerah Alrabe, Nick Tyrer, Nizar Taha, Omar Qubain, Rida Qurashi, Sima Oklah Al-Zou’bi, Stephanie Yacoubian

The [uto] unit planned at the larger scale of urban settlements. These were to be robotically excavated directly onto the topography of the desert and would have forms that regulate their interiors in a passive manner. CNC Milling on natural Jordanian limestone was attempted to represent scaled models of these ideas. Carving directly onto the face of the desert topography, the group simulated settlement patterns that emerge with no preconceived notions of top-down urban planning.