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Interior Design Senior Showcase 2017
24/04/2017

 
The Department of Interior Design at AUD hosted its annual senior showcase exhibition in the AUD Knights Arena on Monday, April 24, 2017.
 
Jury members this year included Lilia Grebneva - Advisory Board member and designer, Scott Coombes - Advisory Board member and Director, AESG, Milena Markovic – designer, Carol Mansour – designer, Emad Deeb – designer at IP Design, Lama Zahra – designer at Studio M, Bruce Paget - Interior Design Lecturer at Heriot Watt University, and Pallavi Dean - designer at Pallavi Dean Interiors.
 
The list of winners are as follows.
 
FIRST PLACE
Syeda Salwa Hassan – Development Center for Autistic Children
Autism now affects one in eighty-eight children around the world. Prevailing as one of the most common disorder found in children. There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening which if not, aware of at an early stage can leave the child with a life-long disorder that has no cure. Early diagnosis and early behavioral-based interventions can help children to better develop the communication and social skills needed to improve.
 
The purpose of this research is to propose a development “center" for autistic children. According to local statistics, “a child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes in the UAE, and one out of every 110 children is autistic.”  (emirates247.ae). The aim of the proposal is to respond to the growing healthcare concerns in the UAE in addition to some global concerns related to sustainability.  The research analyses the advantages and disadvantages of treatment within confined therapy room versus the experienced freedom of the outdoors. "Space" and "place"—the "basic components of the lived world"—within the perspective of experience.
 
One of the central themes of the book is the experiences of the subject in space—in Tuan's words—"how the human person, who is animal, fantasist, and computer combined, experiences and understands the world.” The essence of phenomenology guides the research and becomes the voice of children unable to vocalize their emotions.  According to research “the experiences an autistic child encounters in a natural environment will work to enhance brain development and make new connections in important areas; in particular physical, social, emotional and communicational development.”  (Berman, 19)
 
However, the benefits are harder to capture due to over sensory stimulation of the external environment. The research will be used to curate a capsule mimicking the external environment in a controlled manner to maximize the advantages of therapy rooms and outdoor experience, an in-between state of interaction utilizing studies of hypo and hyper sensory.
 
SECOND PLACE
Yasmine Mehio – Amlagam
Today, prospective culinary arts students have many options when it comes to gaining an education all over the world. Dubai offers three different types of culinary centers where you end up with a certificate, none of these programs offer a four-year course with an official undergraduate degree. I am proposing to create an institute that caters to culinary enthusiasts that range from residents and tourists; all that seek proper degree training. 
 
The institute will act as a community that will include teaching academies, residential quarters, as well as restaurants. I intend to incorporate a hotel-styled dorm complex for the students, as well as incorporating the proper teachings of fusion cuisines, Because of the never- ending modifications that are happening in the industry, including the teachings of fusion cuisine will encourage diversification and innovation in to the institute.
 
THIRD PLACE
Maria Sobh – Like You Care
Over the centuries, human beings have deployed complex social and technological innovations that have been under increasingly stressful circumstances and yet, their societies collapsed. The lesson derived from this is not that we are immune from nature’s limits. It’s actually quite the contrary: we fail to moderate our environmental impact at our own peril. Regrettably, without human denial of nature’s limits, nature’s magnificence would have never looked as extravagant as it appears today.
 
Human society cannot take care of itself without preserving nature. In order to do so we must comprehend and witness that the ecosystem will, in return, be a gift to us. I propose a Botanical Conservatory, Research and Educational Centre and a Living Hotel to be unified together as a destination to help our community embrace humanity and wild ecosystems as one inseparable whole. Ecotourism offers a way to make the beauty of nature pay for itself.
 
Jury honorable mentions
 
Rasha Aslam – Submergent
Submergent is an inspiring space where established and aspiring artists will come together to produce and perform their music. It aims to be an experience rather than a destination. It mainly consists of several recording studios and a rehearsal theatre. Cymatics will be used throughout Submergent to visualize music created or performed. Cymatics is the visual representation of sound vibrations and it will facilitate those with a hearing impairment to experience music. Since the hearing impaired lack in that sense, other sensors such as sight through Cymatics will enable them to visualize the music that is being created or performed.  For the abled hearing, Cymatics will create a greater sensory experience for them using sight and hearing.   Submergent is an important project in Dubai since Dubai still lacks growth in the field of music. As Dubai has come to be known as one of the greatest cosmopolitan cities of the world, it must encourage growth in all fields of art.
 
Mona Al Ghusein – Identity of Heritage
There are over 1,000 graduates of Dubai-based fashion programs every year, as well as a yearly influx of international students.  Although many designers in Dubai have the passion and skills, they often lack the business knowledge and support to start up their own brands.  Over a quarter of these graduates freelance or remain unemployed. 
Since Dubai is continually growing, becoming one of the most fast-paced cities, with the love of what is trendy and what is new, its upcoming plan is to blossom from just a shopping capital into a fashion capital.  However, due to its extreme diversity and advancement, people in the region have lost touch with their cultural roots and values through time due to modernization and immigration.  My proposal is to design a fashion hub for designers where enthusiasts can gain support from professionals, have a workspace to experiment in at any time, preserve the fashion culture in the Middle East, learn more about their own culture and others, to create pieces with a unique regional identity.  Finally, they will gain the credibility they need as designers through technology, innovation, and inspiration from their own heritage and from others surrounding them. 
 
Dina al Sharif – Haven
For my thesis, I am designing a retreat center to help change people’s lives to the better. By changing individuals, it will slowly lead to a reformed, bettered world. My center is going to induce positive energy and the law of attraction through its design and will contain activities that develop not just the body, but also - and most importantly - the soul. Positive energy is something most people are aware of, yet its powers and effects are unknown to many. This is why my retreat center will also serve as an educational hub too. There will be a lecture room that host specialists in the science of positive energy and the law of attraction; a board of certified life coaches, energy healing doctors, and people who have gone through tough times. Additionally, the library will be focused on self-improvement books yet still have books for all interests. The entire place is designed to help people feel better about their problems, without having to address them; and maybe solve them too. How? Being in a positive environment, surrounded by positive people and positive activities, the body will ultimately rid itself of the negative energy and replace it with the positive; which will slowly teach and help people to live a better and healthier life. Finally, since knowledge is power, educating people about positive energy will gradually let them master the art of positive thinking and make them acknowledge the boundless power it will bring them.
 
The All Faculty Award went to Sama Farah for her project The Street.
The Street is a community based center inspired by a New York, suburban street-like atmosphere. This center will include an indoor skate park, a street dance institute, an art institute with its own gallery, and a street oriented restaurant serving the most famous street foods.
 
In the streets of New York, where street style art was born, street art was done for the purpose of community. Which is what will be done in this center, the facilities and activities presented will form a gathering area where artists can share one culture. This culture will help share the knowledge and the passion of the artists, furthermore, promoting art as a form of self-expression. It is for those who feel overloaded or troubled, or those who have spare time and need a place to call home.
 
The location is on the ground and first floor of the Marina Residence building, Dubai. The building consists of approximately 200 apartments, and has many different buildings surrounding it. The Street will offer the building residents and neighborhood a place with a community, where all the people living in these buildings can gather up and enjoy activities, classes, performances, and meals.
 
The idea of a street style experience and design, is not very common in Dubai, bringing this design to life will turn a lot of heads and receive a lot of attention to the unique design aesthetic.  Placing this center in an area that is full with inhabitants and tourists will give it a more valuable meaning and encourage people to visit more often. Although the origins of the street started in New York, a space where people could practice graffiti-calligraphy will be created. This space will build a bridge of interest for inhabitants of Dubai since calligraphy plays an important role in this region, expanding their traditions into a contemporary way of expressing art.
 
The IDES 405 Outstanding Progress Awards
 
As nominated by Prof. Natalia Albul - Meriam Hegazy - Noachis Terra
Noachis Terra will consist of a planetarium and NASA research labs. The aim of the planetarium will be to enlighten the public about the Mission to Mars from the UAE in 2020 and other astronomical facts. The center will provide both entertaining and educational facilities in one building. The ground floor will consist of a planetarium, museum, galleries, iFly outer space themed, and telescope facilities. The first floor will be solely for educational and research purposes, to develop the future mission to Mars, with offices, small laboratories, and a relax area for the scientists & scholars. The gallery will hold exhibitions where artists portray the wonders of the universe and show the mysteries of what goes on beyond Earth. Noachis Terra will encourage students to explore the world of astronomy and potentially pursue a career in astrophysics, increasing the number of scientists in the Middle East. A scientifically literate public is an essential part of the progress of any country. Many of today's leading scientists chose their careers as they were captivated by the experience of a planetarium visit. (IPS 2016).
 
As nominated by Prof. Chadi El Tabbah – Lana Sama – Aman
Dubai is home to almost 60 Universities from more than 11 nations and offers more than 450 degree programs at the undergrad, postgraduate and PhD levels. The city is one of the most secure and most socially differing places on the planet and has a flourishing economy searching for imaginative, and graduate ability constantly welcome. It has unlimited open doors for the sake of entertainment and culture that make life here for a student’s adventurous and invigorating.
 
Aman is addressed to University students from all different countries, considering their young age and the lack of a family support away from their country. It is a concept that provides a community where every individual is comfortable and satisfied in their daily routine and lifestyle. The name is an Arabic meaning of safety.
 
The concept is for the student community, which provides safe, comfortable living that is yet self-sufficient atmosphere, hence why the name was chosen. It focuses more on the environment that helps students build a social community also to be independent which will get them ready for the real world. Based in Dubai, Aman is a Students housing combined with facilities and activities to create a university students community. It is designed to enhance the student and university living experience the student share and learn different life aspects.
 
As nominated by Prof. Albert Fakhoury – Mona Al Ghusein – Identity of Heritage
There are over 1,000 graduates of Dubai-based fashion programs every year, as well as a yearly influx of international students.  Although many designers in Dubai have the passion and skills, they often lack the business knowledge and support to start up their own brands.  Over a quarter of these graduates freelance or remain unemployed. 
 
Since Dubai is continually growing, becoming one of the most fast-paced cities, with the love of what is trendy and what is new, its upcoming plan is to blossom from just a shopping capital into a fashion capital.  However, due to its extreme diversity and advancement, people in the region have lost touch with their cultural roots and values through time due to modernization and immigration.  My proposal is to design a fashion hub for designers where enthusiasts can gain support from professionals, have a workspace to experiment in at any time, preserve the fashion culture in the Middle East, learn more about their own culture and others, to create pieces with a unique regional identity.  Finally, they will gain the credibility they need as designers through technology, innovation, and inspiration from their own heritage and from others surrounding them. 
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