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Solar Decathlon – Architecture Competition
AUD launches competition for the architecture design of Jeel Project
21/02/2017

Since being shortlisted back in October 2016 to compete in the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME), an international competition in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, energetically self-sufficient house, AUD students have been working relentlessly on their project Jeel, meaning (Generation) in Arabic.
 
AUD students from different disciplines are studying, designing, and executing a sustainable house within the constraints set by SDME. The team is working on integrating innovative green technologies developed at AUD in the project. Electricity generation from solar energy is the key to a sustainable and resourceful future for the generations to come.
 
The architectural design of this sustainable house will address relevant conventional, modern, and innovative architectural elements, in addition to creatively embedded cultural and historical values of the UAE. These values will be properly integrated into the Solar Hai's urban design features such as walkways, roads, gutters, and power distribution system to reflect the message that Jeel smoothly functions within a community.
 
The architectural design of this 75-90 m2, one story, and one bedroom (plus one deformable room) sustainable house will address relevant conventional, modern, and innovative architectural elements to accommodate a group of two to three visiting professionals in such arid climate. The temporary residents of Jeel will be exposed to several creatively embedded cultural and historical values of the UAE.
 
AUD Professors Jose Carrillo and Takeshi Maruyama from the Department of Architecture launched a design competition after briefing the students on the architecture requirements for the houses.
 
Several judges, including AUD professors from the Department of Architecture and the School of Engineering, reviewed and discussed with the students their project. The Best Project Award went to Abdullah Al-Ali for his Transcendence of Light design. The Best Sustainability Approach award went to Yara Salma for her project called The Sequel, the Best Poster Presentation award went to Stephanie Al Rahbani for her project titled To Go Solar, and finally Arta Nazari won the Best Innovative Design for Harmony.

 

About Solar Decathlon Middle East
The Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) was created through an agreement signed between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America, in June 2015, in order to organize a sustainable solar houses competition in Dubai in 2018. The 2018 edition of this competition is organized by DEWA, in Dubai.[1]
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