PORTFOLIO SARAH RADI AHMAD 2017-2018
SARAH RADI AHMED
PROFILE Designer wanna-be, digital artist, self-learner, eternal volunteer, minimalist, painter, and photography enthusiast. I aspire to explore the extent of how design can influence human behavior.
BSc of Architecture - 2018
Darb El Labanna Revitalization Project
Engineering Faculty, Fayoum University
GPA: 3.2 ( 81.53% ) Graduation Project: Excellent (95%)
American High School Diploma - 2013 GPA: 3.8 Al-Noor International schl. / Saudi Arabia
SOFT SKILLS Modeling: Revit 2017 AutoCAD 2016 Rhino 3.6 Grasshopper Rendering: Lumion 8 Keyshot Photoshop PP Graphic Design/Visual Art: Hand Sketching - Digital Sketching Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Adobe InDesign CC 2018 Adobe Line, Shape and Draw
(2018 - Present) Bureau Lada (Netherlands) - Lala Studio (Egypt) collaboration to rethink alternative development concepts through experimental design interventions in Darb El Labana, historical Cairo.
Lala Studio - Co-founder - Architect (2017 - Present) An interdiscplinary studio focused in architectural education, and community development through experimental approaches.
ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITIONS: - Archasm Iconic Amsterdam Bridge (2018, SHORTLISTED TOP 50) - 120 hrs Competition (2018) - YAC - Green Academy (2016) - YAC - University Island (2016) - Shelters competition (2015)
Other: Microsoft Word, & Powerpoint
TEDxWadiElRayan - Chairperson (2015 - 2017) Co-founder, license holder, & media head
Presentation Team Head - Enactus (2016)
Toefl IBT 2013 score: 112/120
Site Training (2015 - 2016)
Amideast English Placement test 2017 score: 111/120
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
Maâ€™an Awards for students social enterprise (Lala Studio - shortlisted)
English (Fluent) German (Deutsch) (A2) Arabic (Mother tongue)
Adobe featured my conceptual tower on Adobe Draw and Behance (2015)
ICONIC ART BRIDGE
4 ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER
02. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
DARB EL LABANA LAB
LEARNING UTOPIA ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER
Graduation Project Education - Culture Thesis July 2018
A+ - 95%
The educational delimma: Why haven’t we improved our Learning Spaces? The current Educational System has been embedded eversince the industrial revolution to “mass produce” students who are treated equally, and are given standard curriculums in various fields with no consideration to their actual fields of interest. We’ve applied these systems into buildings and spaces that look more like prisons, than learning units. The result: generations of students who hate schools. The issue in Egypt: Statistics of drop-outs: 321,800 primary school 451,600 middle school 349,000 high school PROJECT MAIN OBJECTIVE: Revolutionize Education Systems by introducing a successful open Center for Alternative Education Methods. MAIN SOLUTION FOR EDUCATIONAL ISSUE: - Create an environment of Project Based Learning - Customize curriculums for each students’ interests - Cradicate current evaluation (exam) system - Integrate different fields of studies into one space.
Design concept revolves around studying how the process of learning occurs in the brains of students, as it was explored by other scientists who narrowed it down to 4 main ways where we acquire knowledge. The first through receiving, discussing, trying and reflection. These acts require carefully designed spaces that will encourage the process of collaborating with peers and immersive thinking.
Each learning space is to be included in one space or “Learning Unit”. These units are transparent to each other, encouraging interaction, and transparency amongst the learning environment. Cores and openings are in perfect use for that.
Every city has its city center, in this case, is highly inspired from Raphael’s School of Athens, where Greeks learned forms of science through conversation, and group thinking. Surrounded by a Library, and Social services, the students are enveloped in a semi enclosed area, also connected visually and transparent.
SCHOOL AS A CITY:
The Learning units, are turned into a clusters, then clusters of related and unrelated fields are gathered around in a mini neighborhood, which is scattered around forming postive and negative spaces for movement, gongregations, centered by the described cultural Forum, that’s also accesible to visitors to enjoy.
PHYSICAL STUDY MODEL
the model was made for the purpose of presentation, and to put the desired designed spaces into test, made first by cutting the floor slabs using a laser cutter, then assembling the entire model using hand. The outcome was surprisingly adequate looking given its scale and proportion.
ICONIC ART BRIDGE
Urban Design III 2017-2018
Tarek Medhat Ahmed Hassan
95% TOP FIFTY (WORLD WIDE)
M A D R E T S M A
For Urban Design 3, we were requested to enter Archasm for architectural competitionsâ€™ challenge under the title:
Iconic Art Bridge in Amsterdam. This is an interchangeable bridge, thats modularity allows it to transform into various forms and functions. The idea is to allow the urban comunity of Amsterdam to create its own ART piece, changing the outlook of the entire area everytime this bridge is transformed, therefore, giving Amsterdam an exciting evolving bridge for residents and tourists alike. In the city of one thousand bridges, ours lies on four concrete footings, parallel to the side banks, allowing boats to pass within the bridge to create a different experience from Amstel River, different from passing through the bridge, giving more space to display various forms of art work in different times of the year. We highly depended on the modularity to deliver the desired versatile outcome. Materials used is entirely made of unfinished wood to blend naturally with its surrounding diverse context.Timber is the most commonly used in Holland, perfect light weight, strong and highly functional to create cubic boxed elements that acts like lego in the hands of the Dutch city.
FOUR CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS allowing circulation through
STABLE PASSING + FOUR CORES for fast passing and vertical motion
INTERNCHANGEABLE CUBES adding the rest of the structure on the bridge
OPEN SPACE PLAZA
Design made to encompass the needs of residents in a dynamic urban space, including daily activities like cafe spaces, kids playgrounds, etc..
For large gatherings purposes, accomodating users on top and inside the bridge with various courts. Perfect for open performances and other events.
ICE PAVILION - WINTER
For a specific galery event, the bridge is converted into a single-event gallery space whenever needed, with a public space above the rives and gallery spaces within.
When Amstel River freezes, the bridge is converted into a warming hut pavilion, suitable for family and children large gathering point.
THE CUBE: the international building unit, is the module(volume: 4m3) made from unfinished Laminated Timber, which is used due to its light weight and greate capacities.
THE PARTS: Consisting of a horizontal runner to fit floor, side walls that can be glass, solid wood sheets, or open louvers allowing air and light to flow inside the bridge
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he wood designed joint system to meet and in two cubes together at the corners using mber covered in steel plated.
INDVIDUAL UNITS: has the uniqe shape of saw looking pattern for extra grip to the sides, top and bottom
DARB EL LABANA LAB COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Professionel Work Historical Cairo 2018
Lala Studio Bureau Lada CILAS
Bureau LADA, LALA Studio, and CILAS, a creative and handson Dutch-Egyptian team of architects, anthropologists and political scientists, intervene on the Cairene Darb el Labana site, an historical neighborhood in Islamic Cairo. This is a place where dichotomy between history, restoration and rejuvenation blocks any development. Sitting on top of a small hill the neighborhood overlooks the both dormant and vibrant capital city of Cairo. Darb el Labana could be a place to be, if the current condition would allow. Dilapidated monumental buildings scattered in-between newer building tissue create friction among the inhabitants. Being perceived as burden rather than blessing, the rubble blocks valuable space otherwise used for habitation. Finding itself in a social cul-de-sac situation with a shrinking and aging community the neighborhood lacks in basic services provsion. Piling up water and waste issues, and the disappearance of public services result in a critical living conditions. The team finds this the right moment for intervention, functioning as an acting agent in the neighborhood with the ambition to take the professional expertise out directly onto the streets.
Our initial proposal had series of quick, versatile, possibly even random actions, through which we tried to sample glimpses into neighbourhood’s variety of community groups in the most effective way. Test probing (‘sonderingen’) worked well. However, during the intense workshop weeks in Cairo, it was possible to use the micro kiosk adjacent to public space. Since then program elements were focused either in the ‘Kitchen’ space or in Lala’s house through a series of workshops next to the large model. Doing so we sharpened the cacophony of the interventions and articulated Kiosk program, tiny space for food and skills exchange, starting with the Flower Shop performance. The effective role of the physical site model from recycled cardboard placed in the Lala studio has increased and we started using the model as a mapping and conversation piece for neighbours, next to Storylines wall mapping of the neighbourhood’s tangible and intangible stories. Timing and scheduling also has different rhythm in Egypt. Everything gets done, and one needs to keep patient, ask and hear. The operation Kiosk was quite successful, and this intervention together with modelling and mapping naturally led to the Labannah gardens. Looking carefully, mapping and gathering information through site visits, talking to people and expert meetings (Dr. Wahdan, M. al Ibrashi, N. Elsherif) produced a rendered image of the area, as place with pressured urban voids and cracks (see project plan for detailed info). Labannah gardens fill and programme those cracks with a safe space for knowledge exchange, generating energy, ecology, art and magic, empowering communities to come closer and act together.
Four instalations of El Labana Gardens: Lalaâ€™s Herb Garden (Gardens or Spaces of Growth) Creating a space where residents can (partially) grow their food, Lalaâ€™s Herb Garden will be a small, women-run community nursery that serves a communal kitchen dedicated to serving food or herbal medicine for the residents and the visiting Sufisâ€™. Enhancing the ecology of the area this space serves as an example and nursery for other (future) gardeners. This secluded nursery would provide work for women from the neighbourhood, while exchanging knowledge and working in collaboration with a horticulturalist interested in local plants fit for the climate. We propose to adaptively reuse the terrace of the House of Dr. Ali Labib for the nursery, which could also serve a traditional medicine bar and a communal kitchen open for the neighbourhood residents and the visiting Sufis. The herb garden operates in combination with an already active Kitchen, a tiny kiosk at the adjacent Lala square. The nursery, Kitchen, and medicine bar, are all spatial practices that are dedicated to an idea of growth that opposes the existing status quo.
Stargazing Platform or Magic as Resistance On one of the rooftop of the House of Dr. Ali Labib we aim to create a stargazing platform whose design is inspired by the traditional Gheâ€™ia or the famous Cairine pigeon house, standing on columns above rooftops in popular neighbourhoods. The Gheâ€™ia is a place for pigeon owners who let their herds free in the early morning and call upon them in the afternoonfor food and shelter. It is also an architectural element that represents a lot for Cairines. It is one of the last remaining spaces where people of limited income and those who live in popular neighbourhoods can enjoy observing the skyline of the city, a position and view that is gradually lost to real estate towers. The Stargazing Platform, aims to preserve and appropriate this position of vision, to create a space for observation and reflection, where talks and discussions can take place away from the crowded streets. The Stargazing Platform is a rooftop pavilion that will create a safe space to listen and exchange opinions, revitalize the tradition of storytelling and promote social awareness on pollution.
Another space of growth is proposed for the vacant (ruin) plot, owned by Dr Ali Labib. It will be cleaned andshaded to include another set of plantations and function as a semi-public space. Providing public space on a secluded privately owned lot is a welcome alternative to the recent governmental security measures. Cleaning up the rubble and establishing space for healthy meals from Lala’s Herb Garden, film screenings, informal encounters and wood workshops (many furniture craftsmen reside in the neighbourhood). The Hidden Garden represents meaningful infill for the two crumbled building voids awaiting a better future. These spaces will incubate the one year ‘green’ activities programme that aims to inspire different social groups to use the neighbourhood together and create a sustainable economic cycle in which the community can (partially) produce its own food and basic alternative medicine. These spaces correspond to the concept of growth metaphorically as all activities and practices allow a community to exist and expand in a healthy way. Horticulturalist Omar El Deeb from Shagrha will be setting up both nurseries. We are still developing the strategy with him, as we would also like women from the neighbourhood to be involved, and run both the garden and nurseries.
One of the remaining buildings of the neighbourhood, the House of Dr Ali Labib includes a famous vernacular architectural element, a malqaf, or a wind catcher that increases the airflow throughout the interior spaces. We propose to capitalize on the existing urban qualities of the building, and experiment with the support of experts, and the residents of the community to install a low-tech windmill, and low-tech solar panels through a set of workshops. The goal is to offer the people of Darb el-Labana, specially youth, a chance to learn about the basics of low-tech energy generation, hoping that this would provide them with further career opportunities and DIY solutions for their everyday life. We are also in the process of communicating with Ahmed Zahran from KarmSolar to discuss low-tech and off the grid solutions for the neighbourhood.