Ethical design at the mosque.
I saw this at Sultan Mosque yesterday in Singapore. It’s Singapore’s National Mosque. The ablution place struck me for its clever design, which may not be perfect but enough to set some standards.
I put this forward as at times people don’t seem to apply their trained thinking when it comes to religion as they do in their work place or elsewhere. For example, most of the time a mosque doesn’t need air conditioning, it just needs proper vents.
If you’re connected to the world as opposed to that which are worldly, many solutions are available and history has clear examples. Notice how people of the past often used trees, flowers and leaves in their design. From cups and plates, textile to rugs, from tiles to pillars and domes.
It shows how connected they are, and their structural designs reflect this too. All mosques in #Tareem, built with mud bricks, used to channel balance ablution water to their own gardens at the rear section. Including homes. Until modern septic tanks came. And I’m sure other places did the same too.
The design at Sultan Mosque.
The tap in pic uses a head that saves water even at a higher water pressure. Notice how the water splits a few cm after. That mechanism can be achieved by an simple additional fixture you put onto any tap.
The bars are there to assist people, elderly and otherwise, while bending down to make ablution. Same goes with the bar at the bottom. The water doesn’t sprinkle about as much as it reaches the ground, and it’s done without anything fancy.