Monthly Archives: February 2016

Water transpiration in Salt – staying cool in the desert

A cooling system based on what is in abundance in and around Morocco  is the main goal of this research. Based on various geological data which can be found in further reading section the most abundant materials in Morocco is sand

Water transpiration in Salt – staying cool in the desert

A cooling system based on what is in abundance in and around Morocco  is the main goal of this research. Based on various geological data which can be found in further reading section the most abundant materials in Morocco is sand

Nomadic architecture – mobility, gender, ritual

What is nomadic architecture? When discussing this topic with friends, many reply ”I didn’t know there was any”, or ”Don’t they just have tents?”. This is not only due to ignorance, but also a product of our western architectural history,

Nomadic architecture – mobility, gender, ritual

What is nomadic architecture? When discussing this topic with friends, many reply ”I didn’t know there was any”, or ”Don’t they just have tents?”. This is not only due to ignorance, but also a product of our western architectural history,

Plants in desert climate

  Cactus plants are great at surviving in hot, arid climates. What are their secrets and what can we learn from them? ATTRACTING WATER One of cacti survival techniques is using their spines as fog collectors to ensure they get

Plants in desert climate

  Cactus plants are great at surviving in hot, arid climates. What are their secrets and what can we learn from them? ATTRACTING WATER One of cacti survival techniques is using their spines as fog collectors to ensure they get

Architecture as Organism

“For buildings to be in harmony with the landscape, they need prolonged contact with nature. It could be said that exposure to sun, wind and rain produces a patina that affects them with time. The shape is born out of

Architecture as Organism

“For buildings to be in harmony with the landscape, they need prolonged contact with nature. It could be said that exposure to sun, wind and rain produces a patina that affects them with time. The shape is born out of

Сapillary pattern vs. traditional Moroccan ornament

By Polina Moroz, February 2016. First association with the site of our future project is its mesmerizing paternity. Zellige (enamel tilework), muqarnas (three-dimensional geometric designs), banna’i (glazed tiles, alternated with plain bricks) are just a few among traditional decorative techniques

Сapillary pattern vs. traditional Moroccan ornament

By Polina Moroz, February 2016. First association with the site of our future project is its mesmerizing paternity. Zellige (enamel tilework), muqarnas (three-dimensional geometric designs), banna’i (glazed tiles, alternated with plain bricks) are just a few among traditional decorative techniques

Handling pressure like Prairie dogs

  Image: The Humane Society Prairie dogs are rodents who live in the soil of North American plains. The climate in which they live can be quite harsh, with temperatures ranging from 38°C in the summer to -37°C in winter.

Handling pressure like Prairie dogs

  Image: The Humane Society Prairie dogs are rodents who live in the soil of North American plains. The climate in which they live can be quite harsh, with temperatures ranging from 38°C in the summer to -37°C in winter.

PLANT TRANSPIRATION AND COOLING

Plant temperature is one of the most important factors of its’ health. Transpiration process helps carrying the water through the plant, resulting to evaporation through tiny pores on the leaves’ surface. More importantly, the process is one of the key

PLANT TRANSPIRATION AND COOLING

Plant temperature is one of the most important factors of its’ health. Transpiration process helps carrying the water through the plant, resulting to evaporation through tiny pores on the leaves’ surface. More importantly, the process is one of the key

‘Touching’ tiling

About geometric decoration in Islamic architecture, with a focus on the Islamic star patterns and quasiperiodicity by using the girih tiles. In this post I touch on the great mystery of the Islamic tiling, the pattern works that can ‘touch’ the

‘Touching’ tiling

About geometric decoration in Islamic architecture, with a focus on the Islamic star patterns and quasiperiodicity by using the girih tiles. In this post I touch on the great mystery of the Islamic tiling, the pattern works that can ‘touch’ the

Nomadism as a natural response to extreme environments

The rapid urbanization of the planet stems from a strong vested interest in sedentary settlement. This creates a concentration of population, resources and energy that is broadly unsustainable. As a result, we today grapple with the task of designing a

Nomadism as a natural response to extreme environments

The rapid urbanization of the planet stems from a strong vested interest in sedentary settlement. This creates a concentration of population, resources and energy that is broadly unsustainable. As a result, we today grapple with the task of designing a

lifeBits. liveBlocks.

Life; not the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about the desert and there is good reason for that. But then again life is by definition the only showcase of survival stories, so why discard the thought? Paradoxical

lifeBits. liveBlocks.

Life; not the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about the desert and there is good reason for that. But then again life is by definition the only showcase of survival stories, so why discard the thought? Paradoxical