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id ecaade2013r_016
authors Sarnecky, William G.
year 2013
title Gulf materials traditions semantically reconsidered. A case study of three digital approaches in furniture design and fabrication
source FUTURE TRADITIONS [1st eCAADe Regional International Workshop Proceedings / ISBN 978-989-8527-03-5], University of Porto, Faculty of Architecture (Portugal), 4-5 April 2013, pp. 193-204
summary Oil-driven development and globalization in the Middle-Eastern Gulf Region in the 1970s induced a rupture in an already attenuated indigenous crafts and material culture. Simultaneously, it brought an influx of people from around the Middle East and beyond—creating a pan-Arabic cultural melting pot. The introduction of digital fabrication equipment at one university in the UAE has provided the opportunity to reconsider the region’s material traditions. Through a required furniture design course, and more recently an elective entitled Form, Furniture and Graphics, architecture, interior design and graphic design students have begun to grapple with the intersection of a critical design process and the needs of particular local cultural conditions. Students have utilized one (or more) of the following approaches to semantically and digitally reconsider Gulf material traditions: pattern paneling, text-based manipulations, morphing of historical typologies.
keywords Furniture; Digital; Fabrication; Paneling; Semantic
email wsarnecky@aus.edu
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100%; open Torstrick, Rebecca and Elizabeth Faier (2009) Find in CUMINCAD Culture and Customs of the Arab Gulf States , Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press

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