VISUAL PERCEPTION OF SPACE:
In Participatory design user is involved, the community for which a particular design required will be involved.
Rather than to sit in a studio designer make their user participant in all design process. The end product is an amalgamation of what client want and the architect making it more reliable and long lasting.
To exercise this 4th year students in Architecture department of CECOS University was given a task to solve the spatial problems of Nomads in Peshawar.
Site was selected in Peshawar city where there are more than hundred Nomads tribes living in unhealthy shelters resulting in diseases and many psychologic problems. The kids of Nomads do need playing spaces, the women do need a patch where they interact and discuss the issues.
The existing bathrooms are very un-hygienic resulting many problems where they are living as well.
The design brief includes to design shelter from such material which are low cost, easily available on site and can be assemble-dissemble easily according to their future needs.
In this exercise student research on different local materials especially that are recycled.
The essence of this project is to involve with the Nomads rather than design remotely.
The students made groups and worked on design on the site for some days. They discuss every line they drawn to the end user. The inspirations were derived from portable architecture & earth ship Biotecture. Rain water harvesting technique was incorporated. Toilet that are low cost and can be portable where ever in future they want.