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Medusa City: A minority run Design Institute in Postcolonial Milieu

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dc.contributor.advisor Prakash, Vikramaditya en_US Najla Mohideen, Hamida en_US 2012-08-10T17:24:18Z 2012-08-10T17:24:18Z 2012-08-10 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other NajlaMohideen_washington_0250O_10039.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the face of the tremendous onslaught of global imperialism, it is crucial for the third world city to assert its existence beyond the designation as a mere node in the `World Wide Web'. This thesis breaks away from the general positivist, reductionist gaze to appropriate Helene Cixous' articulation of the Medusa to represent this misunderstood ethos. The laughing Medusa revels in third world complexity and hybridization, thereby effectively bypassing the smoothening tendencies of the dialectic and allowing for a battlefield of unresolved conflicts. Life here emerges from the equilibrium of death, fertilizing itself with the morbid dregs of decay and energy flows of social, historical and economic gradients. The thesis looks at the postcolonial city as a synthesis of hermeneutic experience at a human scale; the site as a slice of glorious urban complexity and addresses how established knowledge systems can be redefined to include a cacophony of marginalized voices and hence, to better suit this ethos. The proposed design school is a culmination of this process on multiple levels as it seeks to break traditional boundaries and forge new networks, thereby enabling a distinct language of representation and empowerment. en_US
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dc.subject complexity; design; education; global; Islam; postcolonial en_US
dc.subject.other Architecture en_US
dc.subject.other Urban planning en_US
dc.subject.other Architecture en_US
dc.title Medusa City: A minority run Design Institute in Postcolonial Milieu en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.embargo.terms No embargo en_US

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