Designer: Meshal AlButhie
Location: San Francisco, California
Thesis for Academy of Art
Graduate Degree of Architecture
*Always so impressed with the rigor and detail that goes into the Architecture Thesis at Academy of Art in San Francisco – the devotion, hard work and enthusiasm of the thesis students is pretty incredible…this project is yet another example of the superb work coming out of AAU!
Prototype 6 is one of the eight cultural learning laboratories to be distributed all around the world, and is the initial step towards achieving this project’s newly developed Gulf Arab Nations Cultural Invasion (G.A.N.C.I) movement. Its stated mission is to change the way the world interacts with culture. This hands-on museum of culture is an eye opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and experiment all the cultural elements of the Gulf Arab Nations (G.A.N) through multiple installations. These creatively built and thought-provoking installations ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.
Gulf Arab Nation Cultural Invasion (G.A.N.C.I) movement:
Through the quest of finding an approach in establishing an overall awareness towards the culture of the Gulf Arab Nations, laid a strategical idea of a newly developed movement against all worldwide cultures, in the act of transforming the diverse cultures of the world into one united worldwide culture, yet broken down into multiple cultural trends, all subject to the realm of an advanced Gulf Arab Nation culture. This movement would be later on realized as the G.A.N.C.I movement. As it implements an invasion tactic towards the cultures of the world, in an adaptation process to an advanced prototype of the Gulf Arab Nations culture. The inception of this movement would be through the development of a series of phases all in reliance to each other, starting from the discovery of the Gulf Arab Nations (G.A.N) triangle, followed by founding a network of experimental grounds, leading up to the even larger discovery of the G.A.N.C.I numerical sequence, progressing into the program development, and ending with the last two phases of the initial design process.