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Design for Cultural Difference

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Ahmad Smaili

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Paper No. DETC2002/EDC-34381, pp. 401-405; 5 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Integrated Systems Design, and Engineering Design and Culture
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29–October 2, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3624-X
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Design, the cross-fertilization of science and art, is a basic function of all species that occupy a masterfully orchestrated and designed ecosystem in which man is but one. On the other hand, culture with its complex mix is the expression of what a group of people creates — arts, beliefs customs, institutions, products and thought — at a particular time within the context of the natural environment. Design and culture therefore are intimately linked and undoubtedly influence each other. This suggests that designers, with their problem solving skills and keen interest to preserve nature and advance quality of life are capable of reshaping culture in a positive way. This paper is not intended to provide specific answers on how to achieve that, but it highlights some aspects of the design-culture interface and asserts that designers, armed with good will and respect for all have under their disposal a strong force by which they can help fashion a peaceful world. The paper also addresses possible things designers can do to influence that objective.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Design



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