Eid moubarak!

The [faithful] slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly (Al-Furqan, 25:63)

Wadi Hanifa, Riyadh KSA

Wadi Hanifa, Riyadh KSA

As you must know by now, our belief in environmental sustainability at theOtherDada is inherent to our process of designing projects.
Working on projects in Saudi Arabia in particular has led us to do a lot of research on sustainability in that context, and the relationship between man and the environment as viewed through the Islamic principles. This is our way of interpreting Islamic architecture in a contemporary and sustainable way.

Here are some articles that we found interesting and that informed our process:

http://www.ecomena.org/sustainability-islam/
http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?5853/Hima-as-a-model-for-natural-resource-management-in-WANA

http://www.rissc.jo/docs/QuranEnv-Combined.pdf

http://www.aalalbayt.org/EnvConference/017.pdf

cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/al_hima.pdf

And if you’d like to keep up to date with newsletters on sustainability in the Middle East, we recommend the following:

https://theotherdada.wordpress.com/
http://www.carboun.com/
http://www.greenprophet.com/
http://www.ecomena.org/

” It is important to remember that the best word is not a word self-righteously preached and which is uprooted from upon the earth, having no stability, but rather an example which is lived and whose roots are firm and its branches reach up into heaven. May the message of the good word of the Holy Qur’an spread far and wide thus giving hope to not only out generation, but the generations to come, in sha Allah.”

Wadi Hanifa, Riyadh KSA

Wadi Hanifa, Riyadh KSA

We hope you enjoy the read!

the tOD team

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About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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