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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2017 ➔ Let Me Understand Your Language


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Yue Lin (designer)
Colleen Macklin (thesis advisor)
Mattie Brice (thesis advisor)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)


May 23 2018


Why do we preserve traditional architecture and how can we empower people to preserve it? Let Me Understand Your Language is a virtual reality(VR) experience that explores a series of questions regarding the preservation of traditional ethnic culture, focusing on vernacular architecture. The project itself looks specifically at bamboo houses within the Dai ethnic minority in Xishuangbanna of Southwest China. By using immersive VR storytelling methods, Let Me Understand Your Language creates an environment in which people can explore two different styles of architecture—a traditional Dai ethnic bamboo house and a modern concrete house—through interactions with different objects. By telling individual’s stories through objects within the virtual space, it empowers indigenous Dai people to share their customs in authentic and engaging ways.



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