PechaKucha Night | The Future of Design in the Post-Holocene

How will the future needs of communities shift in response to climate change? Join students from the American University of Sharjah.

How will the future needs of communities shift in response to climate change? Join students from the American University of Sharjah as they present their investigations into innovative, sustainable design solutions for the Post-Holocene, also known as the Anthropocene. This PechaKucha is part of International PechaKucha Day and is presented by Alserkal Avenue in collaboration with the College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah.
Date | 20 February
Time | 7PM
Location | Warehouse 58, Alserkal Avenue
Free and open to all to attend.

Register in the following link.

‘The Future of Design in the Post-Holocene’ is a presentation following the American University’s Study Abroad Programme in Barcelona, Spain.





By Dania Darra & Mohammad Samara, faculty Juan Roldan


Tamazoj (the Arabic word that means to homogeneously blend together or co-exist in harmony) is a project takes the visual campaign for the Abu Dhabi Art fair, “Life in a Bag”, literally, by creating interventions within the pavilion that act as “bags” of nature, or life. By allowing bags of nature to disrupt the orthogonality of human space, the pavilion combines the UAE values of the Year of Tolerance that emphasise on “co-existence”, and the Year of Zayed values that explore the future and the environment. Therefore, the pavilion makes a statement about a new future — one where we co-exist with nature — while also creating a unique space for visitors to experience.



Bricolage: The Intersection of Art, Business & Refugees 

By Rebecca Beamer


Rebecca Beamer was embedded with Dr. Kim Gleason in Zaatari Camp, a refugee camp for Syrians in Northern Jordan, to look at how entrepreneurs build something from nothing — referred to as bricolage. They use every piece of material and capital, including psychological capital, to transform space; a qualitative survey, personal narratives, artifacts collected from their businesses, video, photographs, atmospheric audio from the camp, and visuals of experience. The final creative output is a multi-media installation and documentary that represents the complex social relationships and observations from the Zaatari camp in Jordan. The mission of this project is to impact the policies surrounding migrant communities, and demonstrate how refugees possess unique characteristics that can be harnessed for innovation, ultimately demonstrating the possibilities that bricolage can offer for environments based on sustainability.


The Future of Farming 

By Mary Knajekian & Gbadebo Ganiu Giwa


Taking into consideration the site’s unique location, history, existing conditions, and traditions, as well as the global population increase and rise in food demand, this project proposes a techno-farm park which incorporates food production facilities, marketing and purchasing services, generation and recovery systems and lastly, research and education amenities that become the binding component of all these programs through the introduction of new tools and technologies into the different fields. Some key features evident across the project include regular and inverted pitched roofs, sunken plazas, pop-out doors and windows, and strip landscape treatment, all of which are influenced by the site and behave as a visual link to the existing setting. These features, together with the diverse programmes of the techno-farm park, aim to create a self-sufficient yet inter-dependent entity that provides for the people of Barcelona.


Urban Diatom: An Urban Farm in the 22@ neighborhood in the city of Barcelona 

By Dania Darra & Ruba Al Samarrae, Faculty Camilo Cerro


The Urban Diatom acts as a central hub for the people of Barcelona through vocational institutes, rotating farms, markets, and plazas. The aim of the project is to improve public health in the city by functioning as an algae-powered urban farm. The curvilinear language of the project is derived from the diatom, a unicellular organism from which life began. Every curve of building, landscape, or spatial condition responds to the other; to create an overall harmony. The project proposes a new approach to farming through a raised system made up of a walkway of rotating farms and wind turbines on one side, and a screen system of algae panels on the other which powers the urban hub.  




By Tania Ursomarzo


TRIPTYCH is a New York-based, Milan-made artisanal footwear brand that creates unisex shoes for daily living at the intersection of innovative design and masterful artisanship. Inspired by and designed for moving through urban streetscapes, the brand merges thoughtful design with everyday function to re-invent the concept of a solid city walking shoe. This is footwear that merges form with function, versatility, and quality. 


VAC Urban Farm 

By Gheed Ahmed Ashoor & Julia Najah Fhaili


Situated in an innovative and historically significant area in Barcelona, this project aims to introduce the concept of an Urban Farm to the city’s developing district. In a time where issues of sustainability are on the forefront of our mind, how can we as designers create self-sufficient cities that produce zero waste, yet raise standards of living? By studying the UN Sustainability Goals and the new sustainable agricultural technologies, we are able to design an Urban Farm that produces, employs, sells, and gives back to the community it is in. The concept comes from a traditional Vietnamese agricultural method abbreviated as V.A.C that promotes the creation of a self-sufficient ecosystem through the interaction of the 4 fundamental elements of agriculture: aquaculture, horticulture, animal farming, and care-taking/consumerism. The programme of this project consists of an urban farm, a culinary school, a library, an auditorium, a day care centre, a market, a skate park, a cafe, and an animal-assisted therapy center. We produce what we sell, we sell what we produce, and it is all powered by renewable energy sources throughout the site.


Transforming waste into design 
By Ammar Kalo



By Sana Fathima,  Mariam AlJuwaied, Priyanka Soni, Rima Chalha & Ellington Properties, faculty Juan Roldan


Hamama, (the Arabic word for doves), is a dynamic ceiling installation created by interior design students at the American University of Sharjah. The installation was commissioned by Ellington Properties, Dubai, and was designed and built in the College of Architecture, Art and Design, AUS. The design team (Mariam AlJuwaied, Priyanka Soni, Rima Chalha, and Sana Fathima) worked under the guidance of Professor Juan Roldán. The installation is primarily comprised of acrylic and aims to challenge its pliable materiality using heat to bend it into compelling shapes. After a rigorous process of designing and testing, three fundamental units were developed which are linked together in modules to create the final dynamic installation. An artistic take on the flight of doves, Hamama now flies in the lobby of Belgravia II in Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai.