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Kuwait Architecture and Design

Title: Kuwait Architecture and Design: An Investigation of Factors Influencing Design Identity.
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Name(s): Mahmeed, Talal, author
Wiedegreen, Eric, professor directing thesis
Waxman, Lisa, committee member
Ohazama, Tock, committee member
Department of Interior Design, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study focused on an unprecedented case when a sudden increase in wealth creates total transformation in a nation's architectural development. The discovery of oil in Kuwait and the movement toward modernism led to the deconstruction of the design identity and the development of a collage of different design styles that are alien to the cultural, traditional and environmental characters of Kuwait. This thesis dealt with analyzing the current residential identity in Kuwait and identifying the influential factors that can enhance the design identity of houses in Kuwait to improve the living quality in terms of social, cultural and environmental aspects. The objective of the study was to create a foundation framework to design a better housing environment that meets the physical and psychological needs of Kuwaiti families. The thesis started with illustrating the historical development of Kuwaiti houses before the 1950s through the present to better understand the historical influences. Information gathered through the review of literature and a fact finding trip to Kuwait result in a design project of a typical Kuwaiti residence. The purpose is to design a housing unit that meets the general needs of Kuwaiti families and that adapts to the social, cultural and environmental aspects of the country. The design aimed to address the functional, cultural, aesthetical and environmental needs of the Kuwaiti society. The intention of this project is to enhance the living style in urban, architectural and interior perspectives and to create a residence that has the potential to be developed into a prototype for future Kuwaiti housing.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0194-P (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Interior Design in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: June 25, 2007.
Keywords: Identity Design, Architectural Identity, Design Identity, Kuwait Architecture, Interior Design
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Eric Wiedegreen, Professor Directing Thesis; Lisa Waxman, Committee Member; Tock Ohazama, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Interior architecture
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0194-P
Owner Institution: FSU

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Title: Kuwait Architecture and Design: An Investigation of Factors Influencing Design Identity.
Name(s): Mahmeed, Talal, author
Wiedegreen, Eric, professor directing thesis
Waxman, Lisa, committee member
Ohazama, Tock, committee member
Department of Interior Design, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study focused on an unprecedented case when a sudden increase in wealth creates total transformation in a nation's architectural development. The discovery of oil in Kuwait and the movement toward modernism led to the deconstruction of the design identity and the development of a collage of different design styles that are alien to the cultural, traditional and environmental characters of Kuwait. This thesis dealt with analyzing the current residential identity in Kuwait and identifying the influential factors that can enhance the design identity of houses in Kuwait to improve the living quality in terms of social, cultural and environmental aspects. The objective of the study was to create a foundation framework to design a better housing environment that meets the physical and psychological needs of Kuwaiti families. The thesis started with illustrating the historical development of Kuwaiti houses before the 1950s through the present to better understand the historical influences. Information gathered through the review of literature and a fact finding trip to Kuwait result in a design project of a typical Kuwaiti residence. The purpose is to design a housing unit that meets the general needs of Kuwaiti families and that adapts to the social, cultural and environmental aspects of the country. The design aimed to address the functional, cultural, aesthetical and environmental needs of the Kuwaiti society. The intention of this project is to enhance the living style in urban, architectural and interior perspectives and to create a residence that has the potential to be developed into a prototype for future Kuwaiti housing.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0194 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Interior Design in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: June 25, 2007.
Keywords: Identity Design, Architectural Identity, Design Identity, Kuwait Architecture, Interior Design
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Eric Wiedegreen, Professor Directing Thesis; Lisa Waxman, Committee Member; Tock Ohazama, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Interior architecture
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0194
Owner Institution: FSU