Geography of Anomalies took upon transformation of Tunis University Campus in Tunisia. The campus is facing severe neglect and inaccessibility from the city, resulting in inadequate study environment.
As Tunisia gained independence from France only in 1956, the university complex resulted out of the nationalist aspirations immediately after, aiming at an image of Tunisian educational system comparable to that of other world powers such as the USA.
The Campus was therefore constructed in close relation to guiding modernist principles of the time, creating a set of terraces where over scaled structures could be built out of imported materials such as concrete.
The studio project tries to mitigate this existing condition by looking at the campus leftover spaces and materials, interpreting them as opportunities to construct new places of production, congregation and teaching. The excess of earth due to terrace creation, abandoned tables, chairs, etc. are therefore used to reconstruct and reframe the existing modernist structures, resulting in unexpected intermediate spaces that became the focal points of the new campus.
Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Professor: Ziad Jamaleddine
TA: Aude Azzi
Studio project with: Daniel Mauricio Bernal
In Collaboration With: Columbia Global Center - Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis, Tunisia & NY, USA - Fall Semester 2018