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Other Angles: Queer-Ing Approaches To Museum Design, Gregory Mathieu 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Other Angles: Queer-Ing Approaches To Museum Design, Gregory Mathieu

Masters Theses

This research explores how the epistemology of queer theory can be extrapolated as an instrument for mediating positively in museum environments. As a tool, queer theory deconstructs taxonomic societal understandings around identity, self, and other to expose the imbalance of power present in the world. It impugns the various mechanisms that are involved in the making, perpetuation, and dissemination of social norms and ideals.

The word queer academically and colloquially has many definitions, interpretations, and usages, but this thesis is most concerned with its application as a verb. Used as such, to queer can be defined as the process of …


Ai Integration In Cultural Heritage Conservation – Ethical Considerations And The Human Imperative, Kholoud Ghaith 2024 Lindenwood University

Ai Integration In Cultural Heritage Conservation – Ethical Considerations And The Human Imperative, Kholoud Ghaith

International Journal of Emerging and Disruptive Innovation in Education : VISIONARIUM

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into the conservation of cultural heritage marks a significant transformation in preservation methodologies, heralding both innovative solutions and complex ethical dilemmas. This article undertakes a comprehensive examination of the multifaceted role AI plays in the conservation and restoration of cultural artifacts, buildings, and sites, underscoring the irreplaceable value of human skills and ethical judgment in this domain. Through an analysis of current research, case studies, and insights from professionals in the field, the paper elucidates how AI technologies—encompassing machine learning algorithms, digital twinning, and predictive maintenance—can enhance the accuracy and efficiency of conservation efforts. …


Culinary Community: Collaborative Relationship Building Through Improvisational Fine Dining, Victoria Goodisman 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Culinary Community: Collaborative Relationship Building Through Improvisational Fine Dining, Victoria Goodisman

Masters Theses

I am redesigning the fine dining experience to create a space for community building and forming new interpersonal bonds. In response to the pandemic, people learned the pressing need for face to face connection. The current landscape of fine dining inadvertently perpetuates isolation by creating a hierarchical dynamic that separates customers from service staff. This project proposes a restaurant where patrons actively participate in creating their dining experience, blurring the lines between customers and staff. By understanding the restaurant experience through the lens of performance and improvisational theater, we can redefine how people engage with this space. Customers collectively assume …


Milpa: Cultivating Community Through Grid Remediation In México, Marianna Pasaret Molinar 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Milpa: Cultivating Community Through Grid Remediation In México, Marianna Pasaret Molinar

Masters Theses

In México, the proliferation of monotonous affordable housing developments on the outskirts of urban centers stems from a profit- driven approach that prioritizes rapid construction over livability and community well-being. These housing developments, stark rows of barren husks, reflect a system that depletes both land and human connection. Abandoned units — consequences of a patchwork (or non existent) infrastructure —now stand as silent critiques of this broken system.

Drawing inspiration from the cycical strategies of ancestral agricultural traditions, that recognize the full spectrum from barren stalk to abundance, this project proposes a cyclical model for community growth. Current housing practices, …


Reclaimed By Roots, Dongyang Chen 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Reclaimed By Roots, Dongyang Chen

Masters Theses

Within the context of the symbiotic relationship between architecture and natural plants, as greenery intertwines with manmade spaces over time, creating what I define as a 'Gray Space'.

My thesis seeks to explore the diverse forms this 'Gray Space' can assume at the intersection of architectural forms and natural entities through human intervention. I focus on converting an abandoned factory building, where camphor trees were intentionally transplanted and have since flourished, into a hotel.

I propose a balanced adaptive reuse strategy that combines architectural reinforcement with managed tree growth, preserving the historical significance of the building while integrating the natural …


A Living Storyscape, Vivian Combariza 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

A Living Storyscape, Vivian Combariza

Masters Theses

Advocating for a transformative shift, the following proposes a new cultural setting that fosters diverse voices and dialogue, moving away from the singular narratives imposed by traditional curator-visitor dynamics. By drawing inspiration from nature's complexity and mirroring museums with ecosystems, the aim of this thesis is to emulate the adaptability and interconnectedness of natural ecosystems to develop flexible and inclusive environments, encouraging community engagement and shared learning experiences. This new design paradigm fosters a deeper connection with nature and other beings despite the physical separation. Embracing the collaboration and flexibility of nature, cultural institutions can regain relevance as vibrant centers …


Echoes Of Heights: Sustaining Tradition For Education And Community In The Tibetan Plateau, Junyue Wen 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Echoes Of Heights: Sustaining Tradition For Education And Community In The Tibetan Plateau, Junyue Wen

Masters Theses

In the Tibetan Plateau region, where most children need to leave their homes to attend boarding schools, this thesis research focuses on the development of Community Learning Centers (CLCs) as a transformative solution to bridge the gap between distant homes and schools. The development and design of tradi- tional Tibetan dwellings focuses on history, culture and nature in terms of appro- priateness and cultural heritage. By transforming Tibetan traditional dwellings into community-based learning centers, these centers will become multi-func- tional spaces that enhance mental health by promoting community engagement, supporting cultural preservation, and assisting students in transitioning between boarding school …


Bridge Between Calligraphy And Architect, Tianhao Zhong 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Bridge Between Calligraphy And Architect, Tianhao Zhong

Masters Theses

The tradition of calligraphy is divided by time, categorized by eras rather than by years, months, or days. As an art, calligraphy is the tangible manifestation of human spiritual ideals, an organic blend of an individual's calligraphic skills and spiritual philosophy. The strokes and lines of calligraphic art imbue Chinese characters, "carved into a single aspect," with a form of movement, enriched with musical rhythm. The structure of the characters symbolizes the laws of universal movement, embodying a beauty that captures the essence of all, hence known as "the sound of silence" and "the form of the formless." It is …


Recomposing Museums: Designing Rhythmic Experiences For Short Attention Spans In The Digital Age, Yujiang Wu 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Recomposing Museums: Designing Rhythmic Experiences For Short Attention Spans In The Digital Age, Yujiang Wu

Masters Theses

Learning, being the primary aspiration of museums, “is a byproduct of attention.”1 A visitor’s ability to focus and sustain attention on the objects, narratives, and messages within the exhibition environment profoundly influences their overall experience and the educational impact of their visit.

In an era of rapid digital evolution, changes in how information is consumed and communicated have led to shorter attention spans. Traditional museums, which are rooted in continuous, linear storytelling, now face a need for adaptation. This thesis advocates for an innovative exhibition design approach tailored to the realities of shorter attention spans, proposing curatorial and design …


Gender Mirror: Giving Women's Perspective To Men Through Exhibition, Jiaxuan Xu 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Gender Mirror: Giving Women's Perspective To Men Through Exhibition, Jiaxuan Xu

Masters Theses

The awareness of gender inequality in China has begun to awaken, but deep-rooted discrimination against women still exists in society. Under the influence of the thousand-year-old feudal social system, men self-righteously believe that they are superior to women and that women have received more "gender benefits." However, research shows that China’s current gender gap is behind mainstream European and American countries by more than 100 years, indicating that China still has a long way to go before reaching gender equality.

Many exhibitions in China have tried to address the challenges faced by women. However, according to the visitor data, the …


Revitalizing Decay, Owen Carey 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Revitalizing Decay, Owen Carey

Masters Theses

Revitalizing Decay focuses to reimagine brick design, diverging from the conventional standardized brick, to introduce a crafted brick integrated with flora. Through the exploration of innovative sustainable solutions, this research aims to breathe new life into buildings facing advanced decay by embedding flora within the very structure of the brick. Buildings slotted for demolition typically go through a long process of approvals, signatures, etc. This thesis also aims to address the long process and instead pose an intervention that would streamline a typical demolition plan. With a primary focus on enhancing air quality, ensuring cost efficiency, and offering a temporary …


Emotional Factory, Yukun Cui 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Emotional Factory, Yukun Cui

Masters Theses

该项目设想将上海一个历史悠久的仓库改造成一个创新的、以情感为主题的联合办公空间,超越传统的办公环境。在工作环境质量深刻影响生产力和幸福感的时代,该项目旨在创造一个协调身体、心理和情绪健康的空间。该设计融合了促进健康的元素,例如健身设施、美食和丰富的绿色植物,确保居住者在整个工作日中保持动力和灵感。该项目涉及个人与其环境之间的动态互动。认识到传统的办公室布局往往会限制移动和空间感知,我们的设计引入了一个固有的动态工作空间。灵活的布局,可调节的家具和可移动的隔板使空间能够适应各种活动和需求。互动元素和视觉刺激全天变化,鼓励探索和互动,而不需要持续的身体运动。使用不同的纹理、颜色和照明方案创造了一种多感官体验,使空间充满活力和不断变化的感觉。通过结合这些元素,该项目旨在重新定义现代工作空间,创造一个不仅能提高生产力,而且能丰富人类工作体验的环境。这种创新方法旨在为全球联合办公空间设定新标准,培养社区意识、创造力和幸福感。最终,该项目旨在创造一个开创性的环境,增强人类的工作体验,展示工作空间设计在广泛影响和改善情绪和心理健康方面的潜力。


Space Between: Navigating Openness, Torie Stotz 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Space Between: Navigating Openness, Torie Stotz

Masters Theses

In a predominantly human-made, constructed world, I am exploring how I can manifest the natural world with a hand made screen divider system, based on form and structure, that replicates that of a work of nature, more specifically simulating dappled light. Questioning sustainability through the limitations of terracotta clay, while introducing a passive, bioclimatic design, I explore how a fragile, rounded, hollow fired system impacts its structural integrity and its ability to embed nature like qualities in modular form. Clay is brittle when thin, dry, or water absorbing material is added; it absorbs water slowly, needs to be a certain …


City Sonatas, Duoduo Lin 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

City Sonatas, Duoduo Lin

Masters Theses

Countries like the UK and France, as shown in Statista's 2023 report, benefit from significant national cultural attractions and monuments that boost museum attendance by attracting tourists. The data suggests a positive correlation between museum attendance and the historical significance, as well as the suitability for tourism, of the institutions2. However, faced with rapid societal advancements, most museums' responses to these challenges have been varied and slow. Contemporary museums, as crucial conduits for the dissemination and exchange of artistic culture, continue to face persistent challenges of low engagement and levels of attention in many countries. Furthermore, a series of remarkably …


Exploring The Versatility Of Clay In Double Curvature Surface Formation, yicheng zhang 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Exploring The Versatility Of Clay In Double Curvature Surface Formation, Yicheng Zhang

Masters Theses

This thesis aims to investigate the efficacy of clay in shaping double- curved surfaces. In conventional interior design practices, Glass Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) is commonly employed to craft sculptural elements on surfaces such as ceilings and walls. However, despite its efficiency, GRG is not environmentally sustainable.As an excellent material for creating indoor curved surfaces, GRG, offers the advantages of easy construction and high efficiency. However, during the demolition process, the inclusion of glass fibers makes the recycling process very complicated. It is difficult to separate these materials for recycling, which ultimately leads to a significant amount of construction waste.

Additionally, …


Homeward Bound: Moving Homes, Moving Home, Ella Nadeau 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Homeward Bound: Moving Homes, Moving Home, Ella Nadeau

Masters Theses

The built environment has a powerful way of showing where our human attention and care is, a magic trick of emphasis and deemphasis. We proudly display our assets, wrapping them in light and gold while we shun the background people and places, choosing ubiquitous skins of plastic or brick in an effort to remove them from our visual language. Since we have had people we have had spaces to place them in but where some spaces relay the message that the person inside is a gift to the world, the majority chant a tired monotony of oppressive apathy: you do …


Witnessing Timelessness: Revitalizing Heritage Tourism In The Ruins Of Saudi Arabia, Reem Habis 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Witnessing Timelessness: Revitalizing Heritage Tourism In The Ruins Of Saudi Arabia, Reem Habis

Masters Theses

Well-known historic sites in Saudi Arabia, such as Historic Jeddah, are designated as heritage, meaning they are protected from deterioration over time. However, in the Aseer region, there are over 4500 unprotected modest sites that provide an integral sense of identity and authenticity to the culture of not just this region, but the entire Kingdom. The absence of preservation guidelines has left these sites vulnerable to indiscriminate developments attempting revitalization. Undesignated heritage sites must be safeguarded and rehabilitated rather than neglected and left at risk of further decay, especially with the encroachment of tourism.

To preserve the sites’ authenticity and …


-Ing: Heritage As A Verb, Eunji Park 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

-Ing: Heritage As A Verb, Eunji Park

Masters Theses

Museums, adept at collecting and documenting tangible artifacts from the past, often struggle to connect the ways these tangible artifacts relate to living culture within contemporary life. There has been a growing recognition of the importance of preserving intangible heritage, as these are the assets which requires ongoing community engagement and interaction for their preservation and development.

However, current attempts to exhibit cultural practices, rituals, and traditions mimic those used for tangible artifacts, limiting the potential for dynamic displays due to the inherently different nature of objects and actions. This raises the question: What should exhibitions for such cultural phenomena …


Celestella Resonance, Xuanren Wang 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

Celestella Resonance, Xuanren Wang

Masters Theses

The Nanjing city wall was initially built during the 14th century, shortly after the foundation of the Ming empire of China. Its unique city layout and meticulous planning, modeled after the constellation of the Northern and Southern Dippers, was exceptional in the city planning of China if compared to other typical cities, which were all modeled after the idea city illustrated in Zhou Li (The Rites of Zhou), a book served as a social hierarchy guide to build an ideal kingly, or autocratic city ruled by the emperor. Hence, the city wall of Nanjing, though its shape may be far …


The Dollhouse, Kristina Miesel 2024 Rhode Island School of Design

The Dollhouse, Kristina Miesel

Masters Theses

Dollhouses, while rooted in architectural representation, have historically been excluded from architectural discourse, relegated to the devalued realm of the frivolous and feminine. With a complex history, connected to craft, education, and play dollhouses have commonly been perceived as mere reflections of existing social hierarchies. However, this perception tends to overlook the creative agency wielded by people, particularly girls, as they engage with dollhouses, reinterpreting their functions and challenging norms. Crafted traditionally at a scale of 1:12, these miniature homes intricately capture different aspects of our domestic environment. Within the walls of a dollhouse, architectural elements often assume a secondary …


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