Diversity in Design by Vibhavari Jani was awarded the 2012 IDEC Book Award
Diversity in Design: Perspectives from the non-Western World addresses the need for a text that encourages evaluation, appreciation, and comparison amongst diverse cultures by incorporating real-world non-Western design traditions into Western context. Each chapter represents a selected non-Western country written by native and resident experts and offers insight into that country's culture, highlighting the ways in which social and physical influences have affected the development of architecture and design. Contributors native to the featured countries offer insight into design philosophies, theories, principles and elements, symbolism, colors, patterns, and textiles from their regions.
Introduction of age-old sustainable practices that inform twenty-first century sustainable design
Full-color maps featuring climate zones, major sites, cities, and geographical zones for each country
Hundreds of full-color photographs and architectural drawings that illustrate interiors, architecture, and the applied arts from non-Western cultures
Supports the 2009/2011 CIDA Standard (Standard 2 Global Context for Design)
United Arab Emirates
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, IDEC, is Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University. She has designed more than 3 million square feet of commercial, institutional and health care facilities in the US and India for clients including Ford, General Motors and the National Bank of Detroit, among others. Her research interests include the influence of culture, architecture and interior environments on people, sustainability and green design, integration of new technology in design and collaborative efforts in architecture and interior design education. Jani has published and presented numerous research papers.