The video shows the ‘research by design’ thesis project undertaken by 35 DEGREE Team (Ji-ah Lee (South Korea) / Behdad Shahi (Iran) / Junyi Wang (China) / Ahmed Abouelkheir (Egypt)) in a twelve month Design Studio within the Design Research Laboratory’s Masters of Architecture + Urbanism, run at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (AADRL 2011).

The group expanded Frei Otto’s research into sand formations by inventing a material system and fabrication process that enabled the prefabrication of complex spatial assemblies from sand, salt and water that were substantially strong and durable yet could dissolve in water over a period of time. The material system (distribution, solidification and dissolution) inspired the research to develop a temporary architecture prototype for Eco-resorts on beach in Red sea (Newibaa, Egypt).

The scheme was received enthusiastically by a international jury at the final review, and was awarded a Project Distinction - the highest and rarest recognition of achievement possible within the DRL program.

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