2008 / Mixed-use
Self sufficient Megastructure
UBARI DESERT, LIBYA
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A great deal of meaning has been located on the building’s future impact on local resources. It is still only in development but plans are in place for all materials in the structure to be self sufficient. The Mega structure will serve as a functioning prototype for potential low carbon structure, promoting more sustainable progresses.

Facts
The desert country Libya tries to exploit its water reserves. Gigantic amounts of water that lie beneath the ground water of oases are supposed to be piped through huge pipelines and artificial rivers across the whole country. There are big losses of water during the transportation process. My approach to this project is focus on turning the desert into fertile land using this huge quantity of water that lie under the Ubari Oasis.

Topic of interest
In Libya, the total area suitable for cultivation is approximately estimated at 2.2 million ha of which 239,000 ha dedicated to irrigated agriculture. Food security is one of the top issues of Libyan Agricultural policy which aims at self-sufficiency for some agricultural products in order to minimize reliance on foreign sources for food supply.
Libyan agriculture encounters a number of difficulties and constraints, such as: water shortage, unfavorable weather conditions, desertification, lack of technology transfer, a weak linkage between research and extension.

Main social phenomena


Inhabitants of the desert

In habitants of the desert are mainly agriculturalists, but due to deficient conditions of life, they have to leave several times their houses in order to survive, also the climacteric conditions don’t permit to estimate the agriculture production per year, making it very difficult to foresee the needs for the year. The building by controlling this conditions, allows these inhabitants to generate supplies for their individual needs as well for the country.
Desert-dwelling nomads of Sahara
In our days the inhabitants of the Sahara are not 100% Nomads (Bedouins), and are mainly agriculturalists. However, they still retain many customs of Nomadic society.
Desert Travelers
To travel among cities you must cross the Desert, people that travels thru Libya and uses this building as a reference.
Desert tourist
Estimated 10 million tourists per year in Lybia, a big part of them making desert tourism
Archeologists and Researchers
There is a the rich archaeological heritage of Libya that still remains little known. Archaeological work is still thinly spread and under-resourced.The building could lodge archaeologist and researchers interest in the desert.