Sunday, March 30, 2014


A study on the exisiting typologies in Dheisheh. The buildings act like characters. Just like the people in the camp. It feels as if there are no professions but more social roles and unique characters residing in the camp. The buildings reflect the same identity. Aside from the informal housing which in itself reflects the character of its resident, there are a number of buildings in the camp which offer more public functions. These buildings are part of the services of the camp, and as such are comparable to the auxilliary spaces of a house. As the housing units act as bedrooms of the camp residents, these unique units act as the other programs. For example the Ibdaa center is the entertainment unit of the camp, as well as a reception room/foyer. The falafel shop is the kitchen of the camp - the school is the study of the camp, the bridge symbolizes a link with the camp for the refugees that live outside of it. The barber grooms everyone in the camp. The taxi-station is like the front door or the camp. As such to be able to introduce a new function into the camp, it's character needs to be introduced in the right way. The commons of the camp represent the communal life/ the shared spaces which are used by everyone. The symbolism of its function needs to be introduced to the residents of the camp

Friday, January 24, 2014


I am now working on my final semester project for BAS. 
You can follow the progress here:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

ONOFF Online !!

 Check out the new website!! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Shigang Workshop 2

I just came back from Guangzhou where me and Alaleh set up an exhibition for BAS. It was a part of the Agoras Exhibition where we gave a lecture about the Auxiliary Kindergarten and other projects in Shigang Urban Village. We also initiated and ran a second workshop with a number of architects, architecture students and locals.

 the exhibition 

 presenting onoff

the team (me, Alaleh and Bell- our translator)

 seating design team 

the bamboo bench 

 some work in progress photos:

 platform design group

next steps - finish platform 
invite locals
build chair 
involve Jaejun's kids + initiate auxiliary school network!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

ONoff Table Workshop at BAS Week 1 (ongoing)

the information wall

gathering materials/setting up the day

trying out different arrangements


back to work

putting our backs into it

putting the finishing touches on it

looking for 'cozy' spaces

good weather = great workshop

Monday, July 8, 2013

Forest Ruins (Hardbakka) Exhibition in Bergen,Norway

'Unholy water' by me and Phillipe 

 detail of the altar and water spirit
 a photo of work in progress of Lars, another participant/organizer
 Yao's work in progress

 a link to their blog:   

Bergen on a nice day