Mud Architecture

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VARIOUS VIEWS OF BERBER HOUSING MADE OF MUD

For thousands of years, mud has been used as building material because it’s cheap, widely available and durable. Although many question its durability, there are numerous ancient mud buildings which have withstood the test of time. Mud construction is also an extremely environmentally-friendly method as it creates little waste, there is minimal energy consumption (mostly in the construction and transportation process), and it is easy to maintain and recycle.

Whilst these mud buildings may seem like something of the past, they are in fact increasingly considered as options for low-carbon and low-cost construction. As well as having a small footprint, mud structures have been shown to reduce energy consumption as they are able to regulate temperature.

Hopefully mud architecture will not only decorate our past, but our future too.

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Mud & its beauty

When researching on materials for the restaurant project I understood that mud architecture is quite impressive. At class when I talking about mud to a friend of mine mentioning that mud is a boring material & also its boring to replicate a mud wall in my design. Hearing this she inspired me with a very interesting design element, & this was the Light house hotel Galle, stairway wall. That wall is a finish made with mud & this was great inspiration to me. I’m hoping to experiment this wall finish at home so that i can include it in my material board for the project.

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Designing a Logo

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When designing a logo for the restaurant I was inspired by the Berber symbols. The Berber society used symbols instead of a written language. These symbols were used in traditional weaving for rugs which is famous to date. Shown Below is the Berber symbol & my development to a logo.

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The Berber Society

As we started the research on our restaurant project since I was doing a Moroccan cuisine based restaurant I was aiming at researching something that I don’t know about Morocco. When researching on their cuisine I found that the main Moroccan dishes were introduced by the Berber societies of Africa. At present the Berbers still live in the mountains of Morocco. They are a society suffering off poverty but also known to be some of the most hospitable societies in the world. Due to this I choose my concept to be hospitality.

Following are some images of the Berber society.

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Restaurant Project

Currently at college we are working on the biggest design project for the first year. This is a leisure project that aims at designing a restaurant. The easiest way in designing a restaurant is the thematic approach. So here we were asked to choose a country & menu that we don’t know so that at the end of the project we learn more about various cuisines & cultures. At first I was confused as to what I should choose. When researching I was inspired by Moroccan cuisine because its one of the World’s best cuisines.

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Moroccan cuisine is extremely refined, thanks to Morocco’s’s interactions and exchanges with other cultures and nations over the centuries. Moroccan cuisine has been subject to Berber, Moorish , and Arab influences.The main Moroccan Berber dish most people are familiar with is Couscous, the old national delicacy. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco.

The most popular drink is the green mint tea. Traditionally, making good mint tea in Morocco is considered an art form and the drinking of it with friends and family is often a daily tradition. The pouring technique is as crucial as the quality of the tea itself. Moroccan tea pots have long, curved pouring spouts and this allows the tea to be poured evenly into tiny glasses from a height.

 

 

ID ME- Exhibition Project

For the exhibition project we had to a model & write up as well as a edited photograph that describes ME. At the beginning of the project I was having trouble in finding who I am. Then on I understood that I’m a strong individual within me but afraid for challenges. Following are some images from my sketchbook.

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