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Rose Alkhafaf on working on The Storytelling Igloo

| Fri 10 Nov 2017

Rose Alkhafaf is a Design Graduate working with Aberrant Architecture on The Storytelling Igloo. Here, she recounts working with some of the students. The Storytelling Igloo project involves five schools from the Barnet borough: two primary schools, two secondary schools, and one SEN school.

This has definitely been one of the greatest experiences I've had.

Working with children isn't always easy. It's a challenge to leave a positive outcome on them, so that made me nervous before the workshop, because it was my first time working so closely with children. I didn't know what to expect and didn't know what they expected of me. It turned out to be a very positive experience and the kids responded incredibly well as they've enjoyed it so much. By the end of the day the atmosphere was lovely and everyone was extremely happy with their experience.

The kids got to reflect their personalities and stories into a piece of brick and got to 3D model it using a computer program, but they've also made parts of their stories using clay. This is exciting as they've used both computer and hand work, which makes the process and project more authentic. The whole project is basically stories told on bricks which is a brilliant idea. It's beautiful when the architecture is for the community and people-oriented rather than just ‘looks’, which makes this project more meaningful. To be able to build a structure based on the stories of the people is simply beautiful and it's definitely something to learn from as a graduate designer.

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