Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Blog on the Block...



There's a few Kuwaiti blogs which I inspect regularly, even daily. These include 29°20'N,47°59'E, Art for Arabs, Artvark, and Ghada Al Kandari's blog (along with some of the other web-sites listed on the 'Worthy Links' list). A more recent entry to this collective is re:kuwait, run by Barrak Al-Babtain and Jasem Nadoum. Brought to my attention initially by fellow Kuwaiti blogger of 29°20'N,47°59'E (thanks Victoria), it provides a potent dose of stimulating thoughts that has upped the ante of discourse regarding matters relating to local architecture and urban design.
As of yet there still are very few venues in Kuwait where these discussions can be had, which makes this more recent entry all the more appreciated.


2 comments:

Barrak Al-Babtain said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Tom. Your encouragement is humbling and deeply appreciated.

By the way, I've always been interested in stereolithograpy and digital fabrication, so it feels good knowing there's an expert on the subject in relatively close proximity.

Thomas said...

Hi Barrak,

The comments are well deserved...

Let's do something about expanding the access and research to relevant CAD-CAM technologies and facilities in Kuwait. As using them, particularly in the context of architecture to do 'real' designs, is still quite new everywhere I believe there's a window of opportunity to begin doing stuff here that might allow us to join the leading edge of practices/ research applying related technologies rather than always being the ones catching up...
This would probably entail the creation of some form of collective, or collaboration, between local academia and practice & industry, but there are precedents (MIT comes to mind) that could be used as templates for how such set-ups could be organized...
What this would entail in practice, in Kuwait, remains to be seen, but wouldn't it be nice to begin aiming high, rather than always seemingly settling for 'will do'..?