Aftermarket Supermarket | A Speculative Retrospective, 2016 Syracuse University
Aftermarket Supermarket | A Speculative Retrospective, Alexander Kim
Architecture Senior Theses
In the preface to Delusive Spaces: Essays on Culture, Media and Technology, media theorist Eric Kluitenberg writes that “the delusion of the new”1 pollutes our theorizations of new media. This sort of technocratic fetishization of emergent technologies can only amount to a surfatial investigation of its effects or capabilities. Architectural investigations of virtual reality and other new media systems suffer from this tendency as well. Content-based experimentation and criticism obsess over the simultaneously exciting and daunting prospects of what we can now do or make with recent digital developments. There’s definite value in such endeavors, but frankly, in ...
Big Data In The Big Easy: How Social Networks Can Improve The Place For Young People In Cities, 2016 Iowa State University
Big Data In The Big Easy: How Social Networks Can Improve The Place For Young People In Cities, Benjamin A. Shirtcliff
Benjamin A Shirtcliff
Access to social data on human experience of place has never been more available than now. Social media, smart phones, and the Internet of Things provide glimpses into individual activity across the globe. The nearly-boundless stream of information is called “big data.” Today, physically and even socially disconnected individuals can benefit from the similar experiences of others to adapt and change their environment. I argue that big data provides two critical benefits for landscape architecture research and practice: (1) big data opens a window into previously inaccessible human experiences of designed environments, introducing new metrics for evidence-based design and new ...
Ogden College Of Science & Engineering Newsletter (Summer 2016), 2016 Western Kentucky University
Ogden College Of Science & Engineering Newsletter (Summer 2016), Cheryl Stevens, Dean
Ogden College of Science & Engineering Publications
No abstract provided.
The Minneapolis Federal Courthouse Plaza: Meaning And Identity, 2016 Iowa State University
The Minneapolis Federal Courthouse Plaza: Meaning And Identity, Heidi M. Hohmann
The Federal Courthouse Plaza in Minneapolis might be considered a 'run-of-the-mill' project for Martha Schwartz. Critically acclaimed, it uses a minimalist design vocabulary, innovates with new materials, and expands on theoretical ideas she has previously explored. Designed and constructed for the Government Services Administration (GSA), the plaza comprises half a block at the bases of the Federal Courthouse designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Running Against The Wind, 2016 Iowa State University
Running Against The Wind, Heidi M. Hohmann
Everything's bigger in Texas. Perhaps that's why Williams Square in Las Colinas near Dallas has always seemed to be larger than life. The project made a big splash in 1985, when it won an ASLA honor award for its designers, Jim Reeves and Dan Mock of the SWA Group, and its sculptor, Rob Green.
Perspective: Minneapolis Bloch Cancer Survivor Park, 2016 Iowa State University
Perspective: Minneapolis Bloch Cancer Survivor Park, Heidi M. Hohmann
Although I lack the financial resources to fund a hundred parks across America, I, like Richard Bloch, am a cancer survivor. I am a member (Lymphoma, Class of 1999) of a large and growing club that Bloch has undertaken to represent in his ambitious and laudable campaign to use parks to make the struggles of cancer patients both visible and less daunting to members of the public who may also be stricken by the disease. As a result, i approached the cancer survivors park in Minneapolis as both cancer survivor and landscape architect, with both a sense of ownership and ...
It's A Pale Shadow Of A Real, Functioning River, 2016 Iowa State University
It's A Pale Shadow Of A Real, Functioning River, Heidi M. Hohmann
If the River Returns Project were a new design, its greatest weakness-the artificiality of the water system - would be clear. Some critics would decry the ersatz river as a pale shadow of a real, functioning riverine system, while others would complain that the mechanized nature of the park should be revealed, rather than hidden under a thin veneer of "ecological design." As new design, the project would, critically, be dead in the water.
A Landscape Designed To Be Viewed, Not Experienced, 2016 Iowa State University
A Landscape Designed To Be Viewed, Not Experienced, Heidi M. Hohmann
Everyone is Impressed when This Old House transforms a tired bungalow into an elegant new residence, and that's the way oslund.and.assoc. has reinvented the competent Modernism of the General Mills Corporate Headquarters. With fine materials and design elan, the new addition updates and improves the sit's old vocabulary of rolling green lawns, minimalist buildings, scattered abstract sculptures, and amoeba-shaped ponds, making Modernism relevant again for a whole new era of corporate citizens.
Landscape Architecture: A Terminal Case?, 2016 Iowa State University
Landscape Architecture: A Terminal Case?, Heidi M. Hohmann, Joern Langhorst
Late last year, two faculty members at Iowa State University circulated a manifesto to other departments of landscape architecture, charging that the field has outlived its historic purpose. Read excerpts from the manifest below, then read what Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA; Peter Jacobs, FASLA; Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA; Patrick A. Miller, FASLA; James Palmer, FASLA; Steven Velegrinis; and Peter Walker, FASLA, and Jane Gillette had to say in response.
An Apocalyptic Manifesto, 2016 Iowa State University
An Apocalyptic Manifesto, Heidi M. Hohmann, Joern Langhorst
A Terminal Case? At the start of the 21st century, landscape architecture is a troubled profession, more distinguished by what it lacks than the qualities that it actually possesses. It has no historiography, no formal theory, no definition, direction, or focus. A vast schism currently exists between its academics and professional practitioners. In universities across the nation, researchers poach methodologies from other, more vibrant disciplines. Meanwhile, in professional offices, designers yoked to the bottom line crank out pedestrian design. We believe these problems are pervasive and chronic. They indicate that landscape architecture is not just troubled, but sick. The condition ...
City United, Park Fragmented, 2016 Iowa State University
City United, Park Fragmented, Heidi M. Hohmann
The Common Cry of Urban Development, "if you want to make an omelette, you've got to break some eggs," definitely applies to Boston's Big Dig, which has been an eggbeater in the heart of Boston for the past 20 years. Today the benefits of the demolition are clearly apparent in the open spaces of the Rose Kennedy Greenway that now stands in place of the elevated Central Artery.
Critic At Large: Slouching Toward Minneaplois, 2016 Iowa State University
Critic At Large: Slouching Toward Minneaplois, Heidi M. Hohmann
The Federal Courthouse Plaza (FCP) in Minneapolis is a typical Martha Schwartz project. Critically acclaimed, it uses a minimalist design vocabulary, innovates with new materials, and expands on theoretical ideas she has previously explored. Located between the late modernist federal courthouse by Kohn Pedersen Fox to the north and the Richardsonian Romanesque city hall to the south, the half-block plaza was designed and constructed fo the Government Services Administration.
The Artificial Landscape: Contemporary Architecture, Urbanism, And Landscape Architecture In The Netherlands, 2016 Iowa State University
The Artificial Landscape: Contemporary Architecture, Urbanism, And Landscape Architecture In The Netherlands, Heidi M. Hohmann
Dutch designers ore accustomed to working on land that "is not a natural given but exists by virtue of human ingenuity and technology in water management." For the Dutch the idea of "artificial landscope" is not new. It is-and always has been-the point of departure for design. As a result of this perspective, the projects depicted in The Artificial Landscape ore more than an overview of recent Dutch work in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. They ore also a fresh, vital body of work that can educate nations that ore comparative beginners at engaging synthetic environments.
L’Architecture Des Premières Maisons Européennes D’Alger, 1830-1865, 2016 Ecole polytechnique d'architecture et d'urbanisme d'Alger
L’Architecture Des Premières Maisons Européennes D’Alger, 1830-1865, Asma Hadjilah
Dès 1830, la présence française à Alger apporta un changement notable dans paysage architectural de la ville. La construction de maisons européennes en constitue le trait le plus manifeste. Leurs premiers modèles sont élevés au sein même de la ville ottomane, principalement dans sa partie basse. Nous tentons dans cet article d’éclairer certains aspects de ce type d’habitat. Pour ce faire, nous nous appuierons sur les trois outils de travail nécessaires à l’étude de l’architecture mineure, à savoir le parcellaire, le gabarit et l’ordonnancement. Par ailleurs, on interrogera le débat sur la circulation internationale des ...
The Chorro Valley Trail From Cal Poly To Cuesta College, 2016 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The Chorro Valley Trail From Cal Poly To Cuesta College, Nichole M. Garner
City and Regional Planning
No abstract provided.
The Built Environment, 2016 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The Built Environment, Nicholas J. Petrarca, Aaron Boucher, Nathaniel Hall, Alejandro Lopez, Nicholas Reindel, Emily Setoudeh, Sean Westpahl, Lacy Williams
This project was a very fast paced and high pressure design project where Architectural Engineering students and an architect worked with an noteworthy artist to design and construct a large steel sculpture made purely from recycled materials.
Collaborating With Catastrophe | A User's Guide To Post-Apocalyptic Farming, 2016 Syracuse University
Collaborating With Catastrophe | A User's Guide To Post-Apocalyptic Farming, Patricia Cafferky
Architecture Senior Theses
“Collaborating with Catastrophe” contends that architecture has the capacity to visually manifest unseen forces through design’s reaction to them, allowing people to more fully comprehend and engage the intangible. Climate change, arguably the largest threat to modern day humanity, is not visible, existing only as a collection of data and patterns in a statistical construct. Taking stock of the present day failings of society in the face of crisis, this thesis then extrapolates a potential future dystopia precipitated by man-made pollutants in order to engage the problem at its most severe. Architecture is then able to make the toxic ...
Other Wildernesses, Other Realities | A Framework For Shrinking Cities, 2016 Syracuse University
Other Wildernesses, Other Realities | A Framework For Shrinking Cities, Alyssa Goraieb
Architecture Senior Theses
This thesis is an experiment to imagine the possible realities that emerge from a redefining of the "idea of wilderness".
Wilderness is an idea.
Its definition is slippery. It is neither a physical place nor a state of being (as the "-ness" suggests). Wilderness is a human construct defined by varying cultural and social attitude. This fluid meaning drove numerous paradigms throughout American history - from eighteenth century romanticism's sublime doctrine to today's environmentalism.
Inspired by past American paradigms, this thesis invents five other wilderness ides that exist as a parallel alternatives to our own. Each produces a representation ...
Transitional Urban Voids In Austin, Texas, 2016 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Transitional Urban Voids In Austin, Texas, Courtney A. Tarver
Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Honors Theses
A city’s urban fabric is constantly evolving through development and decay under the fluctuating rates of habitation. Cities are growing rapidly as populations climb higher, with new demands for the incoming waves of people seeking employment and a place to call home. Austin, Texas is the fastest growing American city today, with a population growth rate of three percent per year. With this growth and its demands for open space, open spaces in the form of urban voids and temporary use spaces become an interest to designers as spaces with flexibility. The approach of this thesis is to understand ...
Absorbency In Tidal Resiliency | The Thickened Pier, 2016 Syracuse University
Absorbency In Tidal Resiliency | The Thickened Pier, Shauna Strubinger
Architecture Senior Theses
The inevitable truth of climate change has placed coastal cities at great risk. Past natural disasters in the United States such as Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, displaced many people because these communities’ only protection was their failed infrastructure.1 Although hard and soft infrastructure strategies have addressed the rising sea level, architecture at the building scale creates static surfaces and divisions that are slow to adapt to flooding and leave little to no room for the ambiguity of tidal flooding and storm surge. Though numerous areas are at risk of sea level rise across the globe, the Chesapeake Bay area ...