VCUQatar freshmen students recently participated in a Charette entitled 'Earth, Wind, Fire and Then Some'. Charettes are used in both academic and commercial practices as a means of idea development beyond the conventional to reach fresh and appropriate directions.
The students had to address the question "What sustainable or 'green' design practices or strategies can be employed using the Cultural Center in Doha as a model?"
"Foundation design students are completing their freshman year by working on a short term project for the new cultural center off the Corniche. The faculty decided to focus on the issues of green design and sustainability and the students are challenged to develop designs for the center based on the elements of earth, wind, fire, water, or space." explained Allan Hing
Students used the charrette as a method for developing deeper ideas within the possibilities of what it means to be sustainable and how they might apply their findings to some aspect of the Cultural Center.
The objectives of the charrette were to research & investigate the topic of sustainability and being 'green with consideration to the enhancement of the Cultural Center and users and to use their findings to educate the public.
The students started by identifying existing problems and exploring how to employ design strategies to restore balance and then researched existing, successful models of sustainability throughout the world for inspiration. The findings were presented in front of faculty, staff and members of the Cultural Centre.