Fifth (final year students in the College of Architecture and Planning at KingFaisal University challenged the problem of tradition vs. change throughinquiry and design. Sites with strong urban context were chosen by thestudents. Analysis of the physical and socio-cultural characteristics of thesite enabled them to identify problems to be solved at the level of urbandesign, such as accessibility, availability of parking lots, waste collection,infrastructure and location of facilities for daily needs of the community.The next step was to identify the community facilities needed in the area andto design these in harmony with the architecture of the traditionalsettlement. To illustrate this model, one project is planned to be exhibitedduring the conference:Design in Rural Context: Housing and Public Facilities for Al-Jubail Villagein Al-Hasa-Eastern Province, Saudi Arabiaby Mashary Al-Naim (840206)This project emphasizes the physical quality of the rural environment inAl-Jubail farming village in Al-Hasa oasis. It identifies issues, problemsand extract patterns from the traditional settlement with a view torevitalise and enhance village life. Pre-design analysis starts with thephysical characteristics and typologies of the village and is followed by thesoclo-cultural characteristics of the inhabitants. Changes in the physicaland social characteristics are recorded. Finally, the climatic significance ofthe existing buildings and forms are investigated. The findings of thisanalysis form the basis for designing new housing and community buildingsto be used by the residents of Al-Jubail, as well as those of the surroundingvillages.Integration between the proposed buildings and the adjacent traditionaldwellings constitutes an important design objective. Design is carried out inbasically four directions: (1) Proposing strategies for improving theexisting dwellings in the traditional part of the village; (2) Proposingurban design solutions to the problems such as accesibility, provision ofparking lots, waste collection, and infrastructure; (3) Proposing infillhousing to increase density on the vacant areas on the site; (4) Proposingdetailed designs for a rural development (arts and crafts) center, exhibitionarea, lecture hall, restaurant, shops and Thursday market.