How is it possible for civilizations once considered bitter rivals, to build and respond to the city’s ecosystem in a harmonious way?
From general observations of the project vicinity, the site showcases a very interesting phenomenon that is unique to the world. From Abbasids to British colonials, dozens of empires continuously invaded the city, imposing new outsider agendas and introducing major shifts in economic, social, and political strategies. Yet when applied to architecture, these conflicts brought very connected and harmonious buildings and spaces that responded to the local character in new ways.
This concept reveals that novel ideas can come from the joining and interplay of contradictory ideas. It amplifies disagreement and conflict to reach a new form of acceptance. It states that the collective brain of society and the spectral differences of people and cultures can stimulate a new fertile medium for idea-generation that surpasses any individual capability or intellect.
A Box of Collisions re-introduces design as an inclusive process, a system that is open for everyone to contribute and lead, and a place that is injected with honesty and constructive conflicts, and a space that serves as an open stage for heated debates where opinions can collect and develop. Using this underlying principle, The Building was formed as a constellation of redefined group of Fadhwas -Traditional Debate Spaces-, These were Implemented on various scales ranging from grand assembly spaces to smaller exaggerated stair landings, all to allow Serendipitous exchange of Ideas.