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Thursday, August 30, 2018 — 2:00 PM EDT

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Of the thesis entitled: Consider The Kayak

Abstract:
 

With ignorant disdain towards the progression of globalization, I adopt the plastic kayak as a microcosm of the cultural ethos in the design of our surroundings. To counter the abundant mass manufactured kayak, I am fabricating a traditional arctic qajaq (Inuit spelling), to fully understand the qajaq and its history. 

Through the design, construction, and use of the qajaq, I expose the crucial elements that form the watercraft. Combining contemporary tools and materials, I design and fully assemble two more iterations of the qajaq. From wood, to metal, to plastic, I learn the particulars of the design process with the intent of construction in today’s society.

The wood skin-on-frame qajaq reveals the limiting factors of design: the influence of economics, tradition and its place in contemporary design, ergonomics, form-focused versus frame-focused construction, and the proper expression of design tectonics. The metal skin-on-frame qajaq is a study in the limitations of material exploitation. I begin to optimize the fabrication process to create a streamlined assembly suited to a globalized marketplace, while maintaining the same spirit of the traditional qajaq. The metal frame is designed to rival the durability, cost, weight, and ease of fabrication of a contemporary plastic kayak with the beauty of a traditional qajaq. The plastic skin-on-frame qajaq is a structural improvement on the metal frame, and is quicker to assemble. This demonstrates how using new tools with an old practice produces quality work. 



In a culture that relies on mass fabrication, designing and prototyping a qajaq in this iterative manner reveals the importance of design, even if only in contrast to commonplace inventory.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Donald McKay, University of Waterloo

Committee Members:

John McMinn, University of Waterloo

Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo

External Reader:

David Dennis, David Dennis Design

 


The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Thursday, August 30, 2018                
2:00 PM               

ARC 3003 

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
ARC 3003
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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