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Title: Architecture and the Perception of Identity: The Case of Government Housing in Kuwait
Authors: Ahmad Habeeb Al-Qallaf 
Supervisor: Dr. Omar Khattab
Keywords: Sidi Bou Said : Dwelling
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: Identity is a result of a process and not the main goal in design. It comes as a result of designing according to the environment and human needs. In the post-oil period, Kuwait went through a fast transformation period. This led to a shift from a pre-oil period to modernization. New materials and new building techniques and processes were used. Identity is something that develops originally out of cultural, social, and environmental conditions. The research looks at the current architectural designs and if they reflect the Kuwaiti identity and if the architectural trends reflect the cultural landscape. Mixed methodology will be used to combine qualitative methodology with quantitative methodology. Therefore, the qualitative methodology is used to explore the different theories and opinions on identity to support the quantitative methodology. And on the other hand, the quantitative methodology will be using a survey focusing on the people's perception of identity through system of settings, system of activity and life style in government housing projects. The study shows that government housing project lack collective identity due to many factors that will be discussed in this research, and gives recommendations on how to improve government housing to emphasize identity.
Appears in Programs:1610 Architecture

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