Rhythmic Layering: The Baladi Project

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2012-05-01

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Virginia Tech

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This thesis began with a program, the belly dance studio; the dance inspired the architecture through the translation of Arabic music into physical measurement as well as less tangible attributes that shaped the final design. There was an attempt to find a link between dance and architecture. Both dance and architecture can be physical representations of something less tangible. In the raqs sharqi, the Egyptian solo dance, the drummer creates a rhythm, normally improvised at the performance, and the dancer then follows the drummer in improvising her dance to the rhythm. Thus, this thesis proposes that a drum rhythm could possibly be translated into physical measurements that could then order physical objects. By performing the same function as dance, architecture can embody the dance.

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rhythm, layering, dance, baladi

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