Ajami : spaces between the street and the privacy of home
Author(s)Havilio, Noa, 1975-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Bill Hubbard, Jr.
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The thesis investigates, by research and design, spaces which are located between the street and the privacy of home, focusing on the case-study of Ajami; a mixed Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli neighborhood in Jaffa, lying on the seashore of the Mediterranean. The houses in Ajami are separated from the street with a sequence of semi-inside spaces, steps and turns in which the privacy of the house is reached gradually as the in-between spaces unfold. While these spaces separate the house from the street they also open, at points, a space for communication between the private and the public. The houses in Ajami reflect a long process of additions, modifications and subdivisions of a once one-family villa surrounded by a courtyard-garden and a wall. The qualities of spaces and movement within the existent buildings were used in the thesis to inspire a building type that was employed in the design of two houses, comprising of thirteen units overall. Behind the relatively simple envelopes of the buildings a variety of in-between spaces are interweaved in the design to form each unit its distinct story of arrival and inhabitation.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2003.Includes bibliographical references (leaf 48).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology