Public Square Artwork Inspired by Saudi Culture
An Investigation into the Role of Digital Media and Generative Patterns Design in public square architecture in Saudi Arabia – Redesigning a Public Square in Saudi Arabia by adopting the Saudi and Islamic geometrical patterns as design themes/inputs as generative systems, using the techniques facilitated by computer-aided and algorithmic-parametric design software. Public Artworks contribute to the formation of identity; therefore, the project is concerned with preserving the elements of Saudi culture. The Public Square contain many activities to create a space for people to sit in, talk, and meet by providing urban benches, green areas, water bodies, and shading devices.
The ‘research-then-design’ process, began by setting the initial goals for the research project, which included translating the history of Saudi Arabia and telling stories through architecture and design, in addition to engaging the community and creating designs that stimulate communication and give the community opportunities to participate. However, the most important and fundamental goal of the study is to examine the potential of 3D digital technologies as a representational modelling and generative tool in this process. The importance of this project lies in exploring the role of pattern-based generative computing systems such as Rhino and Grasshopper in the design of public spaces or squares in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the vital role in the research project, preserving the heritage and the Saudi and Islamic geometric patterns. furthermore, the project will investigate the role of generative Islamic pattern software in bridging the gap between space and geometry thinking.