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University of Arizona (1992)

VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE AND ITS REUSE : "THE BASTAKIA"

ROUHANI, OMID

Titre : VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE AND ITS REUSE : "THE BASTAKIA"

Auteur : ROUHANI, OMID

Université de soutenance : University of Arizona

Grade : Master of Architecture 1992

Résumé
My thesis/project will be based on the development and preservation of the Bostokio area. In my project I hope to keep a few Bostokio vernacular buildings, demolishing the rest and coming up with a new layout of buildings that do not detract from the flavor and glamour of the Bastakia area. I am hoping to introduce a building that will act as a catalyst for attracting people Into the area. A few prime examples of these buildings are cultural theaters or convention or community centers. The Bastakia area was primarily formed by a group of Iranian merchants who traveled across the Gulf to the city of Dubai, The main reason these merchants moved to Dubai was because Iran had started a compulsory tax law and also because Dubai was a tax free country (and still is). Dubai had a convenient harbor in which these merchants could load and unload their goods. Having moved, these Persian merchants moved with them their styles of architecture, their traditional food along with their customs and habits. Their unique styles of architecture were the wind towers-a perfect way of combatting the harsh heat of summer. They set up their culturally rich neighborhood in a key position in the city of Dubai. This area of Dubai is now called the Bastakia area. The financial implications of such a project will also be considered. I hope to be able to marry the new and the old in such a way that each one enhances the beauty of the other ; such as the extension to the Louvre. The pure shape of the glass pyramid is in so much of a contrast with the traditional surrounding that it really helps people become more aware of the traditional building. In the same way I would want to create a practical reuse for those key Bastakia houses and at the same time design new buildings that are in harmony or contrast with the old vernacular houses and the urban layout

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