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Modulations of identities: a regional facade design resource from the aristocratic vernacular

Jahn Kassim, Puteri Shireen and Abdul Majid, Noor Hanita and Mohd Nawawi, Norwina and Raja Abdul Kadir, Tengku Anis Qarihah (2019) Modulations of identities: a regional facade design resource from the aristocratic vernacular. Cultural Syndrome, 1 (1). pp. 34-52. E-ISSN 2685-3825

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The paper discusses and describes a range of templates, models and variations of tropicalised modulation of facades and recesses from in the local vernacular which convey an aesthetic sense of the region, to counter the homogeneity of modern facades. These range of identified Malay-Nusantara are abstracted from elevations of mansions and palaces which convey a sense of the Classical and which were identified as a new identified substyleof the vernacular. Operationally categorised as a form of Classical vernacular, they represent a rich range of models and templates arising from the region’s past ingenuities that can also transcend the present approach of merely adorining modern structures with Nusantara roofs into a more critical approach. The paper argues that these variations can constitue an untapped resources for creating the modulations of facades in any Nusantara-themes city of the future; without reverting to cosmetic application of motifs and cut-and -paste from the vernacular This language includes key attributes such as proportioned and regular spaces of columns, recesses, projections, staircases and balustrades which are fused in various ways to present a more critical trope of local identity that can be combined and permutate into a tropical ‘facadism’ with a differentiated and dirinctive identity for the south east Asia city in general and the Malay nusantara in particular.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2521/77359
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical regionalism; tropical facades; Nusantara identity; Malay architectural language; tropicality
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2542.35 Environmental aspect of architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament > NK600 History
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Applied Arts and Design
Depositing User: Dr puteri shireen jahnkassim
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 16:52
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2019 16:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/77359

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