tutor | sandra frem


This studio examines problematics of construction and materiality, building program, environmental and site factors through the design problem of an agro-industry production in Byblos. The program includes a space of production/manufacturing based on agro-industries that help enable regional development through a mixed program of industry and tourism. The project is conceived as a hybrid model for production and leisure that support Byblos’ economy and enhance the connection between the town, communities, and the casa/ site resources.
Production in this studio is understood as an architecture that reinterprets spaces of transformation of local resources, revealing the manufacturing process into a spatial sequence, and juxtaposing them with collective spaces of leisure and the creation of a new regional identity, based on agriculture and terroir products. In an introductory exercise, each student identified his own program for the production type, with manufacturing, technical, administrative, guesthouse and communal recreation spaces.
After an initial phase of site analysis, the studio moved through two main phases of design that vary in scale and complexity. At first, students investigated the possibility for a new collective life to be intensified through a permeable ground space, with massing attitudes and a production ecosystem on the site they analyzed.
The students created their own narratives that integrate their site analysis with programmatic scenarios and design strategies.
In a final phase, students considered how their research generate technical and design considerations of massing, structure, enclosure, daylighting, ventilation and climate design; synthesized in an architectural design concept that is coordinated across scales. Throughout the semester, the studio was complemented by lectures and class workshops in each phase to help create a rich framework for this theme.

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