Connective architecture : exploring relationships between tectonics of weaving and spatial tectonics of production and display
Author(s)Mowlah, Naveem M
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian.
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An extended sense of the wrap of a fabric is the fiber or essential, a foundation or base. This thesis sprouts from a fascination with the structure of fabric and the loom. On one level, it deals with the tectonics of the woven fabric. On another, it deals with all environment for both process and product (production and display) -- a programmatic arrangement of independent industries but not associated with large scale displays. This thesis explores these two tectonic environments and weaves a series of spaces to create and celebrate the sari -- a stretch of fabric that is simultaneously utilitarian, empowerment, cultural, social and art object. The various elements explored in the research included the heritage of the sari, the Important/image of the sari to women from various backgrounds, the structure of the loom and the methods involved with the process from conception to finish -- pinning, spooling. dyeing, weaving, display and retail. The program aims to create, for the growing South Asian community ill Queens who are caught in a liminal space, a place to celebrate their culture and for visitors to learn more about it through the medium of one of the oldest crafts in South Asia.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2005.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 52-53).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology