IAAC BUILDs – OTF 2017 – Workshop #1 Brief
A pot-in-pot refrigerator, clay pot cooler or zeer (Arabic: زیر ) is an evaporative cooling refrigeration
device which does not use electricity. It uses a porous outer earthenware pot, lined with wet sand,
contains an inner pot (which can be glazed to prevent penetration by the liquid) within which the
food is placed – the evaporation of the outer liquid draws heat from the inner pot. The device can be
used to cool any substance. This simple technology requires only a flow of relatively dry air and a
source of water.
To design and construct a Zeer Pot relating the geometry and texture of the print to the climatic
This workshop will be the occasion to learn how to use a Robot for Additive Manufacturing, How to
prepare the soil based material, how to deal with the geometrical limitation of 3d Printing as well as
engage with performance-driven design.