Architect Sandra Piesik and volunteers from built environment charity Article 25 will be undertaking the construction of an authentique Arish Palm Leaf House on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2012 at the Royal Geographical Society. This event is the first of its kind in Europe highlighting Palm Leaf building techniques used by indigenous populations of the United Arab Emirates and will launch an exhibition showcasing this unique form of vernacular architecture.
Sandra Piesik, initiator of the project and author of the book Arish: Palm Leaf Architecture hopes that this initiative will give UK architects a chance to engage with this form of architecture and to explore how date palm leaf could be used to meet the contemporary needs of countries facing the impacts of climate change. A team of 10 Article 25's volunteers from around the country will be supporting the construction. Sandra commented: "I am very delighted and would like to thank the Article 25 team for this absolutely wonderful education initiative! I am very grateful indeed for embracing the palm leaf story in such a wonderful way".