Karim Rouabah Design Portfolio
Having recently completed my masters in architecture, I have clarified three themes that interest me; rhythm, pattern (and later on) disruption. The following conceptual projects will aim to illustrate the development of my understanding of and proposals for the use of these themes to intervene in the built environment.
Contents Conceptual 2014: The Bristol Sound 2015: Dream Pavilion 2017: Sampad Performance Centre 2018: The Red Hook Pollinator Research Park 2018: The Symphony
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2014: The Bristol Sound Having recently completed my fifth year in Architecture at the University of Nottingham I have clarified two themes that interest me; rhythm and
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2015: Dream Pavilion During my year out I began to pay more attention to designers who follow processes to produce fashion, art and architecture. Whilst working in NYC I entered the Figment Dream Pavilion competition which involved the design of a temporary small enclosure to be used for informal performances, to be constructed from something recycled. I used insect screens salvaged from renovated apartments to create a module that was used to create an arch, the pavilion produced patterns that responded to the weather.
The two themesPerformance have come together 2017: Sampad Centre: in my final fifth year project which involved the design of a performance centre for South East Asian dance
which sat adjacent to a listed red-brick building in Birmingham whose composition has strong rhythm. I developed a façade that ‘danced’ around the rhythm of the adjacent building whilst referencing patterns used in textiles of South-East Asia.
The two themes came together during my final fifth year project, which involved the design of a performance centre for South East Asian dance which sat adjacent to a listed red-brick building in Birmingham whose composition has strong rhythm. I developed a facade that ‘danced’ around the rhythm of the adjacent building whilst referencing patterns used in textiles of South-East Asia.
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2018: The Red Hook Pollinator Research Park
My final thesis project introduced the theme of “disruptive architecture”, borrowing from the methods of Gordon Matta Clark to intervene in the urban built environment to create new public spaces that provoke a questioning of the typical perception of it as something static and unchangeable. The context for this project was the Red Hook Grain Elevator (Brooklyn, NY) ; a derelict concrete silo of 54 circle bins 32000m tall and 6m wide once used to store grain, which sits on a migration route for pollinating animals who are losing vital resources due to the effects of the area’s urbanisation.
Gordon Matta Clark working on “Conical intersects”.
The Red Hook Grain Elevator, Brooklyn NY.
2018: The Symphony Upon completion of my masters I have been working on a collaboration with Animalesque, interested in future visions of cohabitation between humans and non-humans in urban environments, led by Jorge Godoy of GUN Architects and Ana Zatezalo of Synesthesia. The projects title is â€œThe symphonyâ€?, and is a speculation on how we can create better urban environments for crickets whilst augmenting and playing with their singing against the sounds and rhythms of the urban environment.
Initial prototype development and testing.
2013: Aga Sikolo A real-life project involving the design and construction of a nursery in Calais Village, Limpopo, South Africa. I was part of a team of 15 students who over the course of two weeks built the timber structure and roof of the nursery. We were responsible for the raising of all funds for construction materials.