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Title: Sustainable architectural design between inscription and de-scription : the case of Masdar City
Author: Sharif, Ahlam Ammar Abdellatif
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 1368
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2016
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The thesis aims to deconstruct the traditional dualities between design and use and blend the boundaries between them. It characterises design as a process that is complex, dynamic, and integral to other processes, such as use. The thesis utilises Latour's concept of the collective. Although this concept has been applied to architectural contexts in previous studies, this thesis expands the collective to include actors of use. The thesis elaborates on the inscription and description of technologies inspired by Akrich (1992). It shows how the collective is shaped and reshaped through such processes. Building parallels with previous studies, it analyses the importance of fluidity and fluid actors in de-scribing technologies and reshaping the collectives. The thesis utilises the case of Masdar City, which has been designed in the UK by the architectural and urban planning firm Foster + Partners and implemented in the Middle East, specifically in the United Arab Emirates. The thesis focuses on its first developed stage represented by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST). Based on a qualitative and inductive approach, the conducted research utilises interviews and site observations with the designers, users, and other main contributors. Through this approach, the thesis reflects on the concept of sustainability that is itself contested, changeable, and vague. The thesis concludes that sustainable design processes should be seen as continuous loops between design and use. In acknowledging this, it is further suggested that concepts such as the living laboratory, which support the adaptation of designs and learning from use, are adopted at the outset in architectural production.
Supervisor: Yaneva, Albena ; Karvonen, Andrew Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Collective\Network ; Translation ; Fluidity ; Inscription\De-scription ; Sustainable Design Strategies ; Travel of Technologies ; Design\Use ; Masdar City ; Transportation Strategies ; Mobility ; Lighting Strategies ; Household Management ; Designer Intentions ; User Experiences