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Reconstruction of the village “Al-Lajjun”, Destroyed in 1948 (Parameters)


• The reconstruction of destroyed Palestinian villages Competition. THIRD PRIZE winner of the 6th Year of the Competition for the Reconstruction of the Destroyed Palestinian villages.


Parameters بالعربية مُتغيّرات
Everything revolves in this astronomy, everything that moves in the world is
made up of Parameters.
Nothing in the universe is constant, everything is constantly changing.
We believe in the idea of parameters and everything is variable. We have
the great belief that the current situation will change and occupation will one day
disappear and the sun of freedom will shine on our country and our villages
from which we were forcibly abandoned and from this belief we proceed.
We have applied the parametric design method to all parts of the project while
preserving the original identity of the village.

How can we apply the Concept?

We first studied the planning of the village streets, so we adopted the current
planning without any change and kept the places (Mosques – Café – schools –
houses); in order to preserve as much as possible, the coordinates of the
places that were located in the village.
We replaced the old architectural elements such as mashrabiyas – arcades
and re-designed them parametrically while maintaining the same features and
functions offered by both mashrabiyas and arcades.
We replaced the method of drawing on the walls of the museum by making
parametric drawings of the most prominent Palestinian figures (Mahmoud
Darwish – Shereen Abu Aqleh – Yasser Arafat).
We replaced the display inside the museum, instead of displaying pictures of
the village and the Nakba in 1948 as a kind of perpetuating the difficult
memories experienced by the villagers. We collected the pictures and made a
“Machines Hallucination” video and presented them in a modern and
advanced way inside the museum (as shown in the video, we attached an
example work by Refik Anadol).
We don’t just design for previous generations! We design for new generations
that have the right to keep pace with the technological development that is
happening around the world. With these serious and steady steps in design, we made the old generation
feel nostalgic and say: “Yes! This is Al-Lajjun from which we were forcibly
displaced in 1948″.
Also, if the new generation looks at the village, it will say that it keeps pace
with development.


Not only did we adopt parametric design as the sole design principle; but it
was also supported by environmental design.
We did a complete environmental analysis of the residential homes in the
village and came up with absolutely amazing results.
We have provided natural lighting inside the house throughout the day
through the Solar Tubes on the rooftops, using breakers and light shelves to
reduce glare in homes. And thus, reducing energy consumption in the
house and this results in reducing the annual percentage of carbon emissions
from the building.
We have done full studies on the famous and accredited environmental
analysis program from LEED & BREAM (ClimateStudio), and we have also
completed some studies on Energy and Water Efficiency on EDGE it’s also
accredited by LEED.

All results of studies (sDA, ASE, Glare, Illumination, Energy & Water
Efficiency) are attached in the A1 Sheets.
We strongly believe that technology is here for our convenience so we used
technology in a very smart way in our project and it was a very difficult
challenge to design something that would serve two different generations. But
this thing is not impossible! We really did it.

All this and more inside our project!


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