Converted entry by fairuz h

*mahoosive: /məˈhuːsɪv/ adjective, Informal-British. Exceptionally big; huge.

Rapid development around middle east region faces the needs of construction supply of sand and other construction materials- but these were halted due to recent economic downturns, pandemic and human displacements resulted in project abandonment, + Industrial machinery sitting on site or warehouse not being utilized or reaching end of life with high cost to move these machinery/huge machinery…. “Mahoosive” machinery*.

Apart from issues such as climate change and habitat destruction due to this technicalities and huge apparatus, it can feel insurmountably large and shifting upon how we approach new creative ways of exacting change or a new design.
Conversions, revitalizations of this structures and abandoned site is one such method of these conversions & intervention.

There is somewhat a poetic essence about huge grounded machines & defunct technologies assembled at great human and financial cost that was left off the map, especially in a natural environment.
Abandonment and derelict, it separates emotion and a sense of genius loci (sense of belonging) towards the place, hence the proposal seeks to redefine, and regenerate the nature-semi built environment for a more sustainable design.

The low footprint from vertical architecture allows the remaining areas to be left into green space and dedicated activities. Recycle or Scrap-conversion is a way for a low carbon footprint.

The site:
Misfat Al Abriyeeni is a tiny hill village, high in the Mafjar Mountains, which is located in Wilayt Al Mamra in A’Dakhiliyah Region Oman, surrounded by granite & limestone mountains and river wadi’s , its highly exploited for their earth minerals and building construction materials. (note: generic imaginary site)

Summary of Proposal:
-Abandoned & sterile site/Quarry
-Aging , idled machinery and equipment
-under utilized or damaged machines
-It’s challenging to relocate, remove, or dispose the machinery

-Conversions of existing quarry apparatus and huge machinery + intervention of landscape to revitalize the genius loci of that particular area. e.g. Hotels, Public Parks, Landscape areas.
-Large Machinery: architectural components (revitalized)
-Medium to small machinery: architectural follies
-Restoration of local ruins and architecture: proposed visitor centre, etc.
-dedicated landscape/parks

The challenge of Tomorrow entry by fairuz h

Hudson Yard O2 (oxygen) Park
Architectural Folly.
An ornamental structure—oftentimes strange, fantastical, or whimsical—built for just one purpose: pleasure*
New York has always been about craft, brick and mortar building, it has been an integral identity hence keeping and reducing the architectural gentrification of making the whole area sterile is reduced through this approach of creating architectural follies/ building as a symbiont to older ones that remains in the area.
This reinterpretation of follies as “pleasure” purposed apparatus can be seen as an immediate urban solution in lieu with current or future micro or macro climate issue.
The proposal seeks to increase the urban air quality and creates visual cues through creation of functional/habitable architectural folly/follies.
Follies created consist structures and facades that is sensitive to the environment, self-generating energy through kinetic sensors at its facade via passive energy, air/O2 regeneration plant and such.
It also tackles gentrification and economic issue via sustainable development where folly structures built on top of original building or acts as a symbiont to them reduced the needs for demolishing this brick and mortar New York building.
This architectural intervention is a new kind of public space, a new kind of neighborhood that acts as a social condenser to the precinct.
Sculptural form and play of material were integral in breaking the sterility of the area.