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Bin Shabib brothers and Domaine de Boisbuchet to host workshop

Domaine de Boisbuchet, a digital innovative cultural platform, has joined forces with Emirati brothers Ahmed and Rashid bin Shabib to debut a unique worksop, which will see the Brownbook founders attempt to construct an Arab pigeon tower from 26 June to 2 July, 2022.

Inspired by the pigeon towers in Siwa, a Salt Lake District on the western part of Egypt bordering Libya, materials such as salt, clay, bricks, wooden beams, and the know-how of Siwani craftsmen, will all be on hand to support the two urban specialists and the workshop participants.
The brothers both hold Sustainable Urbanism degrees from Oxford and they have also curated several exhibitions and collaborations including designing the UAE Pavilion at the Milan Expo. 
Domaine de Boisbuchet is an organisation that has been organising interdisciplinary workshops over the last 30 years. Participants from all over the world live and work together with noted designers, architects, and artists.

“Pigeon houses are perhaps one of the most understudied forms of architecture. Even more unknown is the knowledge and science surrounding their intention. One of the oldest known structures, pigeon houses across the Middle East and North Africa have contributed significantly to their architecture heritage. First and foremost, these were communication towers, where magneto-recepting pigeons exchanged messages between cities, countries and continents. These towers act as a device for agriculture, food, security, and fertilization. The vernacular character of pigeon houses across the region is consistent, and has few iterations. Those ones who continue its craft and tacit knowledge are local craftsmen.

In this workshop, we shall attempt to construct a Pigeon tower following examples from Siwa, a salt Lake District on the western part of Egypt bordering Libya. We are going to work with salt, clay, bricks, wooden beams, and the knowhow of Siwani Craftsmen who across generations continue this tradition of non pedigreed architecture.” – boisbuchet.org


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