Oman has a careful approach to urban expansion which has so far proved successful, in light of recent events in the region. However its established model of development is increasingly being challenged by a range of factors – massive population growth, declining oil reserves, climate change, economic restructuring, changing life-styles and an expansion of tourism. Key to resolving these challenges is the search for an environmentally and culturally appropriate architecture and urbanism.
We will look closely at natural patterns and attempt to analyze and understand their cause and effect. This analysis and understanding will feed our design process, allowing students to derive specific behaviors that have architectural capabilities and apply them to 1:1-scale prototypes. Aspects such as flexibility, economy, scale and beauty will be explored to understand the potential contribution of each project to a new Omani architecture. Our purpose is to challenge normative modes of thinking about architecture and to understand its influence in a wider context. For more information, please visit here.