Architecture in the U.A.E. is a much debated topic that most of the time has a paradoxical end result. The architectural characteristics reflect modern western design ideologies that don’t respond to the local climate or culture. Globalization has shifted the focus from cultural identity and regional values to economic prosperity and global stature. Like everything else, there has been a fast-paced shift from the vernacular structures to sleek glass facades and concrete structures. Using this blog as a medium, we endeavour to understand the practices and shifts in architecture and related fields over the years.
All studies covered is wholly our own analysis and experiences, occasionally including examples from outside the country.
Of meanings and relations
The definition of the word ‘Tryptic’ is as follows.
noun, origin: ancient Greek biology
A tryptic is a serine protease found in the digestive system of many vertebrates that hydrolyses proteins and separates it from the rest of the contents by forming a new protein compound.
One interpretation of this in art and architecture is when you try to look for things or separate that which actually matters from what does not. In our case, we are attempting to ‘separate’ or look for architectural characteristics and elements of a certain type. ‘Protein’ can also refer to the building blocks or the ideology behind a structure or a painting.
A homophone to this, ‘Triptych’ has a direct application in art and architecture:
Triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.
The above image is an example of a triptych, Blue I, II, III, created in 1961. It is a set of three-part display abstract oil painting by the Spanish modern artist Joan Miró. The paintings are named Blue I, Blue II, Bleue III and are very similar. All three are enormous painting 355 cm x 270 cm each and currently owned by the Musée National d’Art Moderne in the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
At The Tryptic Note, we begin our search to look for the building blocks or ‘protein’ of vernacular design ideologies co-existing in the modern urban city.