ARCH-401/402 Unit 5 – in/out crisis

Student: Penelope Vasques Hadjilyra

Crisis: Environmental/ Social
Terrain: Desertification/ Desert/ Dry
Program: Habitation/ Cultivation/ Library/ Mosque/ Follies

Project Description:
The small town of Araouane, Mali is a crossroads of the Sahara. Existing water wells and 200-year old ruins, buried in the sand for decades, inspire the proposal’s inverted vertical structures. By seeking to preserve the archaeological treasures of the village, “Inverted Utopia” creates a new living underground network that protects itself from catastrophic sand storms. The project weaves together tea-houses, a libra