Qamar Ayoubi

Purple Meadows

What is re-wilding?  

Reconnecting with nature. The Survival Scrapbook (Simon Yuill, MUTE, 2006) considers the stages of Sheltering > Food Gathering > Tools > Play, Ways and Means > Paper Houses > Energy Generation and Consumption. This project follows a similar process with an initial consideration of Sie > Span > Scale. The proposed site of Greenham Common is an area of historical interest as a former military air base. Its history has impacted the landscape and layout of the site, giving it the surreal feel of an abandoned war-scene. The natural landscape is allowed to grow free, yet local grazing rights and regular, frequent nature walkers and dog walkers maintain the previously created paths. Re-wilding Greenham Common could mean re-shaping the site and creating a new relationship with nature – merging its previous identity as an air base with a new identity as an environmentally friendly space, allowed to grow naturally as a landscape and systematically as a cash-cropping area. Greenham Common can provide benefits to those within the common and outside it by maintaining open spaces and producing food as a product.  

One of the methods in which this project aims to connect with the site is through mobilising vernacular building strategies. The project is innovative in that the environmental response to the site is a combination of sustainable power generation methods, passive house strategies and use of the existing materials on-site in the construction of the buildings. One of the aims of the project is to combine high-tech environmental methods with low-tech construction and assembly with natural and traditional aesthetics – so that the benefits of traditional methods can be combined with comfort and environmentasustainability.  

The ‘entity’ which encompasses housing and freeholds for 10 families, production areas with cash crops and public shared space is a complex system with a combination of open, closed and semi-enclosed spaces. Each portion of the project has different requirements and complexities. The volumetric approach to project aims to combine the three different elements together in a way that will generate a positive impact for the community and surrounding areas.  

Sustainable, Lavender, Timber, High-tech / Low-Tech 

What is re-wilding?  

Reconnecting with nature. The Survival Scrapbook (Simon Yuill, MUTE, 2006) considers the stages of Sheltering > Food Gathering > Tools > Play, Ways and Means > Paper Houses > Energy Generation and Consumption. This project follows a similar process with an initial consideration of Sie > Span > Scale. The proposed site of Greenham Common is an area of historical interest as a former military air base. Its history has impacted the landscape and layout of the site, giving it the surreal feel of an abandoned war-scene. The natural landscape is allowed to grow free, yet local grazing rights and regular, frequent nature walkers and dog walkers maintain the previously created paths. Re-wilding Greenham Common could mean re-shaping the site and creating a new relationship with nature – merging its previous identity as an air base with a new identity as an environmentally friendly space, allowed to grow naturally as a landscape and systematically as a cash-cropping area. Greenham Common can provide benefits to those within the common and outside it by maintaining open spaces and producing food as a product.  

One of the methods in which this project aims to connect with the site is through mobilising vernacular building strategies. The project is innovative in that the environmental response to the site is a combination of sustainable power generation methods, passive house strategies and use of the existing materials on-site in the construction of the buildings. One of the aims of the project is to combine high-tech environmental methods with low-tech construction and assembly with natural and traditional aesthetics – so that the benefits of traditional methods can be combined with comfort and environmentasustainability.  

The ‘entity’ which encompasses housing and freeholds for 10 families, production areas with cash crops and public shared space is a complex system with a combination of open, closed and semi-enclosed spaces. Each portion of the project has different requirements and complexities. The volumetric approach to project aims to combine the three different elements together in a way that will generate a positive impact for the community and surrounding areas.  

Sustainable, Lavender, Timber, High-tech / Low-Tech