Computational Regionalism

Date: 2014
Status: Research
Design Team: Nada Abu Shaqra

This study attempts to generate a model of productive resistance towards the growing trend of Computational Orientalism that continues to result in a proliferation of homogeneity in contemporary Middle-Eastern design practices.

The aforementioned alarming homogeneity is battled through critically juxtaposing computational design methodologies and Middle-Eastern historical material cultures which are home to the shift from iconographic visual and material cultures to the generative potential of geometry and pattern. Understanding that computational design methodologies and Middle-Eastern material cultures are both generative, systemic, and adaptive practices allows for the development of a new formal oeuvre that is both historically relevant and in conversation with the computational zeitgeist.

Computational Regionalism was supported by an American University of Sharjah: Faculty Research Grant awarded to co-founder Faysal Tabbarah