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Generating Tension : Memorial Of Sexual Slavery, Mary Park 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Generating Tension : Memorial Of Sexual Slavery, Mary Park

Masters Theses

War crimes, such as slavery and rape can lead to hatred between countries of perpetrators and victims, souring political relationships for generations. Memorials of these atrocities are the physical indication of an effort, however nascent, to continue the dialogue and keep questioning the tragic history. The memorial as a reminder of a specific incident, not only changes the relationship of surrounding spaces within the site but also between different groups that are engaged in that specific history.

In South Korea, the history of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II has been a major cause of ...


Re-Connect, Xin Ren 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Re-Connect, Xin Ren

Masters Theses

We live in an era of contradiction: the order of the external world always stands in an ambiguous relationship to individual autonomy. In this time of high industrialization and fast paced efficiency, the development of technology has not only greatly reduced the distance between space and time, but also causes the over-coupling effect in social division: institutions are formed with a dangerously strong and stable dependence on each other. This excessive reliance on one another weakens their independence and resilience. Meanwhile, in this hyper-connected society, access to instant satisfaction through consumption and fragmented entertainment is the norm. Similar to the ...


Realistic Utopia : Utopian Architecture Exhibition At Arcosanti, Xiao Fang 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Realistic Utopia : Utopian Architecture Exhibition At Arcosanti, Xiao Fang

Masters Theses

Many people believe that only when a design is built can it be called architecture. Architecture, however, was never solely about built form. And unlike other types of design, architecture depends on imagination and visualization: only the architect knows how the space works before it has actually been built. Thus, it is necessary to test the design on paper before it has been realized and many times architectural designs are heavily modified or abandoned for economic, political or environmental reasons.

Meanwhile, architects also design spaces knowing they will never be built, to exercise ideas or push toward new realities. From ...


Practicing A Senior Living, Siyu Shuai 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Practicing A Senior Living, Siyu Shuai

Masters Theses

Implementation of China’s family planning policy fundamentally changed the traditional core family structure. The family size has become ever smaller, breaking the traditional family model in which three-generation or even four-generation cohabitate. The 4-2-1 family structure (4 grandparents, 2 parents, and 1 child) has become mainstream. This has caused an explosion of senior family and elderly living alone, which now represents a significant social issue in China.

The Chinese government has recognized and responded to the lonely elder problem by creating the so-called Senior Citizen University. The SCU serves as a welcome place in the community, for elder entertainment ...


Banoo-Serai : An All Women Sanctuary, Kimia Rahnavardi 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Banoo-Serai : An All Women Sanctuary, Kimia Rahnavardi

Masters Theses

When it comes to architecture, the layout and concept of most residential designs have remained the same as centuries ago. There has been this unspoken rule that there’s always someone, the woman, who is staying home to take care of children and the house while the man is outside providing for his family.

While this practice has been outdated for many decades in most countries, most societies lack suitable housing and childcare support for single women or widows. When these women cannot find a space that allows them to do both affordably, many women have no other option than ...


Behind Appearance : Hidden Dimensions In The Work Of Wassily Kandinsky And Paul Klee, Ning Ding 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Behind Appearance : Hidden Dimensions In The Work Of Wassily Kandinsky And Paul Klee, Ning Ding

Masters Theses

What is the feel like to be a successful artist?

Works being appreciated,being valuable,become famous all over the world?

But what is under? What is behind? The audience seems never to know the story as well as the artworks.

Take an example. When you look at The Scream of Edward Munch, what do you see?

A melting image, a disgusting face, or the derived emoji, which is so popular on the SNS?

What's really behind the painting is Edward Munch's illness, and decades of struggling under sickness, madness, and death.

Most times, when the audience enjoys ...


Melting Away - Ilha Formosa, Hao-Chun Chang 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Melting Away - Ilha Formosa, Hao-Chun Chang

Masters Theses

Taiwan lies in warm, tropical water, and fishing has long been an important part of its economy. Both the Han Chinese from the coast of China and the Westerners in Europe brought commercial trade and cultural exchange between the East and the West through navigation over the past 500 years. For most of this period, people have assumed that our vast ocean was limitless and immune to human impact. It’s only recently through the struggles of fishermen that we come to realize the devastating effects we have already had on the sea: global warming, plastic pollution, and overfishing. As ...


Re-Source : Re-Source Your Resources, Raquel Swartz 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Re-Source : Re-Source Your Resources, Raquel Swartz

Masters Theses

Humans are using all of the earth’s natural resources and releasing unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, endangering the planet’s viability. The implementation of sustainable design is no longer a luxury, and though eco-conscious construction and architecture have gained traction and have proven to reduce the built world’s contribution to the carbon footprint, interior design lags behind, even though it too, can reduce the industry’s negative impact. If architects and interior designers further consider the interaction between humans and objects with interior space through the awareness of sustainable practices, materials, and finishes, the built ...


Individuality : Enhance Living In Shenzhen's Urban Village, Lanting Zhong 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Individuality : Enhance Living In Shenzhen's Urban Village, Lanting Zhong

Masters Theses

Millions coming to Shenzhen,China will first live within urban villages: self-generated dense dwelling conditions within the urban context. These urban villages offer an inexpensive first-stop home to newcomers arriving in the city. With the government unable to reclaim the land from the villages where people have lived long before the establishment of Shenzhen, the villages, evolved within the city into urban villages. As the land prices fly rocket high and demand increased for low-cost housing, villagers started to build higher, scrambling for every inch of available space. Despite appearing chaotic and disorderly, life thrives within.

Rather than bulldozing urban ...


Living Under Surveillance, Fan Jia 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Living Under Surveillance, Fan Jia

Masters Theses

Our first impression about surveillance will always likely relates to with advanced technology. However, advanced technology is the means that only awakens our consciousness of surveillance but is not the birth of surveillance. It has been embedded in our lives in our lives all the time for generations. Before the age of technology blooming, surveillance was carried out by the human eye, and this mode continues always. My thesis starts from our daily relationships, and analyzes how surveillance happens around us within those relationships and people interactions.

This thesis proposes a surveillance system in a specific city: —Washington D.C ...


Community Pop-Up Galleries : The Instruction Manual, Mary Iorio 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Community Pop-Up Galleries : The Instruction Manual, Mary Iorio

Masters Theses

The art world has historically been controlled by the wealthy and privileged. The institutions that have benefited the most have received criticism in recent years over the lack of diversity amongst their audience and artists represented on their walls. Community galleries can make up for the deficiencies of major art institutions and give voice to those who will not be noticed in traditional spaces (i.e. museums, galleries, auctions). This book details the process of creating a pop-up gallery that will serve the community through displaying, publicizing, and selling artwork. The process begins with organizing a committee to oversee the ...


Reality Behind Beauty : Hayao Miyazaki's Perspective Of Human And Nature, Tianyang Wu 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Reality Behind Beauty : Hayao Miyazaki's Perspective Of Human And Nature, Tianyang Wu

Masters Theses

When people look at beautiful artworks, they tend to ignore and forget the ugly truth that inspired the creation. Hayao Miyazaki is an artist who grew aware of an “ugly truth” and has been trying to propose beautiful possibilities. Economic pressures lead to environmental destruction, which breaks the relationship between humankind and nature. He argues that humankind is the product of nature, and must always depend on nature. This is a fact that no power, including modern science and technology, can change. This has long been the main subject of Miyazaki’s unique perspective in his animated films.

This thesis ...


Getting Closer : Exploring Re-Contextualization In Exhibition, Yiran Mu 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Getting Closer : Exploring Re-Contextualization In Exhibition, Yiran Mu

Masters Theses

Due to the rise of globalization, the circulation of exhibits born in different cultural backgrounds to alien places all over the world has dramatically increased. Cultural contents are re-contextualized and shaped in a way to adapt to new environments where they lose their essence of place and risk stereotypes of distant cultures. The looming question over every exhibition is how, and to what extent, the original context of the objects on display will be acknowledged or reproduced. Should an effort be made to place pieces in a convincing approximation of their culture of origin? Or should objects be returned to ...


Urban Memory : Beijing City Wall Ruins Reconstruction & Exhibition, Yuan Jin 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Urban Memory : Beijing City Wall Ruins Reconstruction & Exhibition, Yuan Jin

Masters Theses

The question of how to renovate the Beijing City Wall Ruins Park raises issues that engage exhibition, architectural, landscape, and urban design, not to mention cultural relics protection. It demands that we consider our attitude towards history. The walls and towers that used to surround the city have disappeared over years of changes and demolition. Except for the Zhengyangmen Tower and Deshengmen Tower, only a fragment exists: a section of Ming Dynasty wall in the southeast corner of the inner city.

The length of the project site is about 1.5km, which includes the wall fragment. By using the tools ...


Lacunae In The Urban Landscape, Meriem Aiouna 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Lacunae In The Urban Landscape, Meriem Aiouna

Masters Theses

I take the idea of lacunae, which are defined as gaps or discontinuities in structures as the focus of this research.

With the growth in density of urban centers, access to buildable space will decrease and lacunae within the urban structure will remain. Through Intentional urban exploration in highly developed urbanscapes reveals numerous underutilized and awkward spaces. While often overlooked for development because of their complexity, the commitment of this thesis is to highlight these unique sites and their distinct spatial potential.

This project exposes the hidden potential latent in these lacunae that are underused in the urban fabric. Every ...


The Milky Way : Agritourism On A Chinese Dairy Farm, Wanyue Qiao 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

The Milky Way : Agritourism On A Chinese Dairy Farm, Wanyue Qiao

Masters Theses

We can easily buy fresh milk in the supermarket nowadays, but have you ever thought about how milk comes from the cow's udder to the bottle in your hand? Today, highly mechanized dairy production facilities are constantly growing in scale with the increasing demand for milk, leading to the changes and decline within smaller farms and surrounding rural communities. Even as these smaller-scale farms struggle, agritourism is gaining popularity as city dwellers swarm into the countryside with a desire to understand the food they eat and reconnect to rural roots.

This proposal explores introducing tourism into a productive medium ...


Exploration And Autonomy : Wild Children In The City, Xiaojie Li 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Exploration And Autonomy : Wild Children In The City, Xiaojie Li

Masters Theses

From 1980 to 2000, China adopted a teacher-centered kindergarten model with the main purpose of imparting knowledge, leaving children in a passive learning environment. Since 2001, this system’s adverse impact on child development has become clear to preschool educators. As a result, teachers have begun to consider kid friendly environments and games. However, even these games were arranged with a top-down, teacher-centered structure.

An education revolution has emerged that aims to release the freedom of children by prioritizing their needs, paying respect and trust to exploration, as well as giving children choice. One pioneering philosophy applying this principle is ...


Dialogue Across Time : Atlanta, 1996 And 2020, Qianyu Liu 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Dialogue Across Time : Atlanta, 1996 And 2020, Qianyu Liu

Masters Theses

In the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games of 1996, millions of people watched Muhammad Ali as a cultural icon carried the Olympic flame torch to light the cauldron. He was shaking from his Parkinson’s, and it was an emotional moment for many people. Atlanta Cauldron Tower was designed by a pioneer contemporary artist, Siah Armajani, who produced a monolithic uninhabited sculpture you cannot climb. The tower of 106ft is still prominent when we look back to the historic photographs today.

However, the tower lost the context it relied upon along with the partial demolition of Centennial ...


Envisioning Work : An Autism Friendly And Anxiety Free Office, Naixin Ren 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Envisioning Work : An Autism Friendly And Anxiety Free Office, Naixin Ren

Masters Theses

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. It is estimated that worldwide 1 in 160 children has ASD, and in China, about 1 in 69 children has ASD.

There are many successful educational environments specially designed for people on the spectrum to support learning, understanding, and behaving. However, after graduating, it is usually very hard for people on the spectrum to move toward independence because there is a huge difference between school environments and office environments.

Most office environments are designed to meet the ...


Unite The Divided : The Transition Between Death And Life, Qing Shi 2020 Rhode Island School of Design

Unite The Divided : The Transition Between Death And Life, Qing Shi

Masters Theses

The modern era has marginalized death by professionalizing the care of the dying in hospitals and the dead in funeral homes. Today a growing number of families reject de-personalized, alienating funeral experiences and instead, seek rituals that are more related to pre-modern practices. Past practices developed when death was still omnipresent, and people performed their own authentic expression of the individual self and interpersonal relations. Bringing spatial, physical experiences of rituals back by personalizing a previously institutionalized occasion, the freedom of being able to choose the way we live has been extended to self expression in death and mourning.

By ...


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