Illuminating Disconnections in Old Dubai

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  • The thesis explores the intersection of four significant sites along the Dubai Creek in the United Arab Emirates: a historical district (Al Fahidi), a local cemetery, a new commercial development (Al Seef), and an existing ferry port servicing a dynamic market across the creek. Through an investigation of each site this thesis addresses issues of identity, social status, and marginalization presented by each of the sites' users and programs. An overall site strategy, and a series of interventions within the site, highlighting minority groups, concepts of labour, and trade histories aim to narrate Dubai's history. Careful selection of materiality and control of light and shadow choreograph and stitch the users' movement from the different districts to create a unified journey across the site. Fundamentally this thesis asks: Can light, shadow, materiality and environmental conditions help conceal or disguise, if only momentarily, one's class condition and identity in space?

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  • 2022


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