Location: Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Status: Completed in 2015
Client: Dar Al-Hekma University
In March 2015, Hilary Scruggs was honored to participate in Reinventing the Vernacular, a cross-disciplinary five-day event of workshops and talks at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah. This design symposium considered traditions and heritage of the local as areas of academic deliberation and creative intervention. Hilary led a workshop for twenty young women entitled “Keeping it Real: Imagining the Vernacular with a Cool Bias”. The studio explored ways to access vernacular architecture through subjective biases to create heightened or more stimulating forms of experience. Documenting Jeddah’s old city of Al-Balad, the students were divided into groups, created interpretations of the city and shared their work through social media. Their work can be found on Instagram under the profiles: @intimacyhighlighted, @baladtextures, @peculiar_instance, @glimse_of_albld, @feel.thegame, and @hilaryscruggs. Photography by Andreas Ruby, Hilary Scruggs, and the Students of Dar Al-Hekma.