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Designing Efficiently For Natural Disaster Relief: Cultural Integration And Prevention Methods, Bryan Smith Jan 2018

Designing Efficiently For Natural Disaster Relief: Cultural Integration And Prevention Methods, Bryan Smith

Architecture Theses

Our world is more separated now than it has ever been. We pride ourselves on the technologies that we create, and the feats that we have accomplished, but we seldom stop to think about what the implications are. More than often we design to fit what we think we “need”, however, we need to design and build to a better future.

Natural disasters have become something that designers cannot ignore anymore due to the fact that nearly one tenth of the world’s population lives in low lying coastal areas and the rising sea levels are being seen throughout the ...


Community Connections: Relief Through Athletics, Joshua Arthur Jan 2018

Community Connections: Relief Through Athletics, Joshua Arthur

Architecture Theses

A sports based recreation facility can significantly enhance the quality of life in a community. Activities held within these facilities can encourage participation, promote health and well-being, and foster a sense of community and togetherness. Today with crime and obesity being increasingly troublesome in the US a space focused on athletics, health, and wellness would allow for kids to have a plethora of activities to do after school and on weekends. There they can make friends, learn about health, and stay off of the streets. Sports and recreation can demonstrate and contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources. They ...


Bioharvest: Energy Efficient Design For The Standardization Of Biomimetic Technologies At Stanford University In Palo Alto, Ca, Usa, Gabriella Santostefano Jan 2018

Bioharvest: Energy Efficient Design For The Standardization Of Biomimetic Technologies At Stanford University In Palo Alto, Ca, Usa, Gabriella Santostefano

Architecture Theses

The thesis serves as an investigation of the possibilities of biomimicry as well as an exploration of harvesting energy from the sun, the wind, the rain, and the earth.

Biomimicry, derived from the Greek words bios meaning “life” and mimesis meaning “imitate,” is the examination of nature in order to create systems that are derived from the natural world and provide sophisticated solutions to human problems.

Biomimicry asks the question. “What in nature has already solved what I am trying to solve?” In the case of this project, nature will inspire the creation of a new building typology, Bio-Inspired Solutions ...


New England Pathway To Recovery: Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center Around Nature In Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Michael P. Lombardi Jr. Jan 2018

New England Pathway To Recovery: Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center Around Nature In Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Michael P. Lombardi Jr.

Architecture Theses

In the United States, particularly in New England region, there has been an increase in drug overdoses. This drug epidemic includes an escalation in heroin use and rise in the number of opioid deaths each year. In order to improve the situation there needs to be a change in the way individuals with drug and addiction problems receive treatment through counseling and therapy, as well as other programs and activities. This change would create a positive influence and make the world a better place and allow everyone to enjoy life everyday.

The purpose of this project is to create drug ...


Snacking In Bed: Blending Residential And Agricultural Typologies, Taylor Chin Jan 2018

Snacking In Bed: Blending Residential And Agricultural Typologies, Taylor Chin

Architecture Theses

The project will explore the generation of a productive residence in an urban setting. The thesis analyzes the cultural conditions of such a building and how it might fit into the urban fabric of a city. In addition, it will investigate the scaling of such a building and how a plot of land will answer to population density as well as agricultural use. A standardized set of building layers will be clearly defined as a rationale for designing a building that conforms to the site and cultural concerns. The summation of these considerations and intents will be a building that ...


Impermanence Materialized: Exploration Of Temporary Architecture At The Kumbh Mela In Allahabad, India, Taylor Sutherland Jan 2018

Impermanence Materialized: Exploration Of Temporary Architecture At The Kumbh Mela In Allahabad, India, Taylor Sutherland

Architecture Theses

This thesis project will explore and implement a system of structure and construction that can be assembled and disassembled with extremely efficient labor and production of materials. The design and specifications will engage lightweight, sustainable materials, a system of spaces or buildings can be erected, deconstructed, and transported efficiently. Locally sourced materials contribute to both the constructability and authenticity of the architecture. Especially in projects that can be applied to multiple sites, it is imperative that the context and vernacular are considered and respected.


Open Source Architecture: Redefining Residential Architecture In Islamabad, Mariam Yaqub Feb 2017

Open Source Architecture: Redefining Residential Architecture In Islamabad, Mariam Yaqub

Architecture Theses

Islamabad, a planned city, has grown rapidly since its conception in the 1960’s but it has not followed its predetermined fate but rather grown haphazardly due to the lack of infrastructure available to implement Doxiadis’s master plan. The city was unable to meet the housing requirements of the people causing them to build gated communities on the outskirts of Islamabad and its sister city, Rawalpindi. The market demands caused city prices to rise exponentially, increasing the economic divide between the social classes. The city which was once supposed to reflect diversity of social classes became home to the ...


Clean Venice: Infrastructure & Place-Making In Venice, Italy, Nicholas Musilli Jan 2017

Clean Venice: Infrastructure & Place-Making In Venice, Italy, Nicholas Musilli

Architecture Theses

Venice is deteriorating. The fragile city is crumbling, and eventually will be swallowed into the water which surrounds it. Besides the prospect of sinking, the infrastructure is damaged weekly by the cruise ships which visit the city and account for about 2 million tourists every year. Typically, these ships produce 50 tons of garbage, 210,000 gallons of sewage, and 35,000 gallons of oil-contaminated water. That being said, these floating cities contribute to about 20% of harmful emissions in coastal and port cities. In an already damaged state, Venice is negatively affected by traffic and pollution from these vessels ...


Continuation Of A Life Worth Living: Empathetic Design For The Alzheimer’S Community, Leslie Hulbert Jan 2016

Continuation Of A Life Worth Living: Empathetic Design For The Alzheimer’S Community, Leslie Hulbert

Architecture Theses

This thesis’ mission is to create a comfortable environment for those suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The institutional environments of the past are not sufficient for such individuals and their families. A community atmosphere is what they need; an entire complex just for them. The victims of this terrible memory defeating disease just want to go home. For many, this is not possible, therefore they should be given an environment that reminds them of home. They should have their own space that is customizable and warm. They should also be free to wander at their leisure. Their freedom should ...


An Architecture Of Movement: The New Headquarters For Usa Dance, Bethany Robertson Jan 2016

An Architecture Of Movement: The New Headquarters For Usa Dance, Bethany Robertson

Architecture Theses

By providing a headquarters for the national ballroom dance organization in the United States, this project will provide a practice, performance, and interaction space for all levels of dancers. Furthermore, this building can also provide a social space both inside and out not only for the dancers who use the building, but for the local residents.


A Floating Community: A ‘Platform’ For Future Sustainable Development, Christopher M. Rossi Jan 2016

A Floating Community: A ‘Platform’ For Future Sustainable Development, Christopher M. Rossi

Architecture Theses

With the environment of our planet changing for the worse, there is a need for an economical and sustainable solution. As we become more aware of the effects our actions have on our ecosystem, we have the opportunity to implement ways to alleviate some of stress we are causing on our planet. The population is growing exponentially and, with climate change being felt around the world, sea levels are rising at a faster rate than ever before. With these two situations alone, we are faced with an extreme complication; where do ‘we’ put all of these people and how do ...


The Modern Urban Neighborhood: The Role Of Dwelling In Neighborhood Revitalization, Zachary Nelson Jan 2015

The Modern Urban Neighborhood: The Role Of Dwelling In Neighborhood Revitalization, Zachary Nelson

Architecture Theses

Today's architects, planners and urban designers are tasked with the goal of the revitalization of cities and the primary ring of neighborhoods which surround them. These neighborhoods are vital to the life of the city and due to the phenomena of suburbanization many lay dormant as dismal reminders of the once prosperity of the city. The purpose of this exploration is to create a model for the revitalization of urban neighborhoods by looking at the role of dwelling in the process of revitalization. The idea that an urban dwelling is not just your home but it is a series ...


From The Border: Migrant Youth Shelter, Alexandra Reilly Jan 2015

From The Border: Migrant Youth Shelter, Alexandra Reilly

Architecture Theses

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The Motor City – Stimulating Architecture, Jacob Levine Jan 2015

The Motor City – Stimulating Architecture, Jacob Levine

Architecture Theses

Iconic architecture around the world is defined by the impact it has on the patrons. The goal of this thesis is to use architecture to capture the feeling of motion and movement. Motion is inherit in the concept and exploration of this architype. The program for the architecture is a car museum in Detroit Michigan. Detroit is one of the most historic cities in America – and the last thirty years have been rough on Detroit. A modern powerful work of conceptual architecture could change the city of Detroit and begin to build a brighter future. The creation of destination architecture ...


Redefining Transportation Culture: A New Union Station For Los Angeles, Pawel Honc Jan 2015

Redefining Transportation Culture: A New Union Station For Los Angeles, Pawel Honc

Architecture Theses

From iconic stations like Grand Central in New York City to the small suburban commuter rail station, the architecture of transportation can have a large effect on the perception of a transportation system. Architecture can also play a large part in encouraging a changeover to more of a public transportation oriented culture. The planning of transit hubs and stations should be transitoriented so that it can reach the most amounts of people. However, a changeover to a transit-oriented society would require a city like Los Angeles to overhaul their current transportation system by adding more lines, connections, and increasing station ...


On Track: Integrated Efficiency For Equestrian Architecture, Anthony Scerbo Jan 2015

On Track: Integrated Efficiency For Equestrian Architecture, Anthony Scerbo

Architecture Theses

The semester spent preparing this graduate thesis document was the culmination of my studies at Roger Williams University. Under the direction of Professor Hasan-Uddin Khan, this project has evolved from a mere idea with an initial thesis into a body of work which embraces a new, more harmonious thesis than the original. The project focuses on a site in Ellenville, NY which was chosen for its geological history and damage done to rural land during the series of hurricanes in the recent years. The program was chosen based upon local study of land use and the surrounding vernacular culture within ...


Architecture Of Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation And Reinsertion Center For Adolescent Offenders, Patricio Solines Jan 2014

Architecture Of Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation And Reinsertion Center For Adolescent Offenders, Patricio Solines

Architecture Theses

The proposal for this project is to create a Rehabilitation Center for Adolescent Offenders that offers the possibility to reinsert them back into society as positive individuals.

Despite the deficiency in laws and the lack of an efficient judicial process, the goal for this project is to set an example and demonstrate how, even with those difficulties, adolescents can be rehabilitated and reinserted back into society successfully, leaving their criminal past behind. Eventually, this project aims to become an important contribution for the future generations of Ecuador by being a motivation that leads to the creation of similar centers across ...


A Commensalist Architecture: Intervening With History To Revitalize Asbury Park, Nj, Caitlin Osepchuk Jan 2014

A Commensalist Architecture: Intervening With History To Revitalize Asbury Park, Nj, Caitlin Osepchuk

Architecture Theses

I propose to design a structure that will serve to not only create a new space, but also protect, enhance, and revitalize a forgotten structure of old. Through the ideas of commensalism, transference, complicity, coupling, cutting, enjambements, and coverings I will explore different techniques solve the above stated problem. Through these explorations, I hope to use a variety of techniques that can be used to revitalize, protect, and even enhance different structures. I will revitalize a specific forgotten structure using my own architectural aesthetic and understanding of the site and techniques to not only benefit the building, the surrounding area ...


Architecture For Ruins: How Building New Can Showcase The Old In Barboursville, Va, Alison B. Fredericks Jan 2014

Architecture For Ruins: How Building New Can Showcase The Old In Barboursville, Va, Alison B. Fredericks

Architecture Theses

This project will explore the relationships between newly built, contemporary architecture and existing ruins. The product will be an architecture that works with historic preservation to highlight the values of the old and will achieve a stimulating yet respectful design that demonstrates how ruins can be used in modern day settings as a means of bringing people closer to ruins. It will be an architecture that can be used to integrate historic ruins back into their contemporary settings. The focus of this project will be an early nineteenth-century ruin in Barboursville, Virginia that is located on the site of a ...


Logothium: Reunification And Improvement Of The Community Through Logos, Karin J. Hirose Jan 2014

Logothium: Reunification And Improvement Of The Community Through Logos, Karin J. Hirose

Architecture Theses

The proposal for this project is to create a branch library and a branch collage in city center Philadelphia that offers the possibility to reunification and improvement of a community. The project is going to take place at 1300 Fairmount Ave, Popular, Philadelphia, PA., that currently is a vacant lot and it is adjacent to the Fairmount subway station and the Devine Lorraine Hotel. While the chosen site, nearby lots and some adjacent properties are a vacant or abandoned, or consists of public housings. The area is anticipating a major rehabilitation projects that create groundwork for a successful urban fabric ...


Architecture Of Illusion: An Investigation Into Cinematic Deception In Camden Town, London, Kathryn Klesseck Jan 2014

Architecture Of Illusion: An Investigation Into Cinematic Deception In Camden Town, London, Kathryn Klesseck

Architecture Theses

This thesis project departs from Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle by claiming that architecture temporarily supports a passive acceptance of the environment. Architecture has the ability to confront its own crisis of spectacle by offering a different illusion. This thesis project proposes to create an architectural device through which an illusion can occur that aids in altering the perception of reality and counter the illusion of spectacle described by Debord. The illusion to act as a model for this project will be the cinematic illusion. An architecture of cinematic illusion seeks to question how reality can be perceived ...


Reclaimed Identity/Innov - Roc: The Innovation Hub + Revitalization Of High Falls, Rochester, Ny, Justin M. Dufresne Jan 2014

Reclaimed Identity/Innov - Roc: The Innovation Hub + Revitalization Of High Falls, Rochester, Ny, Justin M. Dufresne

Architecture Theses

This project is not about creating a piece of architecture that will serve as an icon to an idea or movement. Rather, this project is about how a series of smaller architectural interventions can reinforce a context that is already established and has roots that can be traced back to the city’s founding. A series of smaller programs linked together, and to the larger urban context will serve as a means of re-energizing this forgotten district, and re-energizing a city that has been in steady decline for the last several decades. The project must draw on several community partners ...


Cohousing And The Greater Community: Re-Establishing Identity In Taunton’S Weir Village, Andrew Kremzier Jan 2013

Cohousing And The Greater Community: Re-Establishing Identity In Taunton’S Weir Village, Andrew Kremzier

Architecture Theses

This proposal seeks to bring new life to the former industrial district of the post-industrial city. Existing in a society based on services and technologies, these villages must either adapt to meet the needs of business or serve another purpose within the community. The project for the Weir Village falls into the latter category, as its aim will be to create a cohousing community within Taunton. The new development will strengthen the character of the village and be able to affect the community beyond the site’s physical boundaries. It will create affordable alternatives to housing for those who do ...


Awareness At A Threshold: Urban Exchange Through Public Space, Matthew Spears Jan 2013

Awareness At A Threshold: Urban Exchange Through Public Space, Matthew Spears

Architecture Theses

The moment of arrival becomes an important opportunity for cultural exchange in an urban environment. This exchange can be both the physical exchange between two places or it can be the experiential exchange between two or more disparate groups. These moments of exchange are an elusive experience for visitors as well as residents and are easily forgotten. Expressing the space of the traveler, an interactive space between locals and visitors, can raise cultural awareness between the most prominent groups as well as the marginalized groups, creating a more cohesive urban imaginary. The major exchange hub in Seattle, Washington speaks to ...


Humility And Homelessness: A Housing Continuum, Jessica Macdonald Jan 2013

Humility And Homelessness: A Housing Continuum, Jessica Macdonald

Architecture Theses

The design of a housing continuum in Burlington provides a variety of support environments. These different housing environments are all designed within the downtown area, providing access to public transportation, open part space and employment opportunities. Support services play a huge role in an individual’s process to self-sufficiency. Many social services are already located in the downtown area, however the relationship between living space and support space is important. This thesis introduces three housing typologies as architectural interventions on three under-utilized downtown sites, focusing on the relationship between the individual and the common.


Aesthetically Pleasing: Rehabilitating A Community, Joseph D’Oria Oct 2012

Aesthetically Pleasing: Rehabilitating A Community, Joseph D’Oria

Architecture Theses

This thesis project calls for a drug rehabilitation facility in either Trenton or Hamilton, New Jersey with an attached community center. The new design will be a part of an existing building in efforts to revitalize a community and its architecture.


The Real, The Spectacle, And The In-Between: Architecture As A Stage For Reality, Chelsea Adelson Sep 2012

The Real, The Spectacle, And The In-Between: Architecture As A Stage For Reality, Chelsea Adelson

Architecture Theses

The goal of the project is to explore the space in between as a place of activity. The project will compare the spectacle and reality through a theater and public plaza near Chinatown and the theater district of Boston. The theater is accompanied by a small acting school that uses both an interior venue and the plaza as stages. The theater is focused on the awareness of reality through the spectacle of performance while the public plaza can “turn the artificiality of everyday situations into a theatrical situation” and bring life to the streets. Everyday life is put on display.


Community Reclamation: The Hybrid Building, Laura Maynard Aug 2012

Community Reclamation: The Hybrid Building, Laura Maynard

Architecture Theses

Reclamation of a city involves reusing abandoned buildings in conjunction with new construction. These negative spaces of disuse generated by a changing infrastructure are often overlooked or destroyed. If they are instead viewed as positive spaces for reuse, a city’s infrastructure and its residents can adapt and grow.

Recognizing these newly positive spaces produces a chance to examine what social needs of the community are not being met. Pushing the modern concept of the hybrid building creates a unique opportunity; flexibility of use derived from flexibility of space. A community building can best serve the social needs of its ...


Union Wadding Artist Complex: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Jennifer Turcotte May 2012

Union Wadding Artist Complex: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Jennifer Turcotte

Architecture Theses

The decline of art education in our school systems is potentially robbing today’s youth of the opportunity for creative expres­sion. Without this outlet for personal expression, the student population stands to lose an educational experience that is no less important than academics, such as mathematics and sci­ence. The Union Wadding Artist Complex seeks to provide an environment for students in and around Pawtucket, Rhode Island to create and hone their artistic skills in a peer-driven and uninhibited setting. Art classrooms, designated for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums, would foster a creative spirit that would only grow and ...


Layered Transparency: The Performance Of Exposure, The Exposure Of Performance, Colin Gadoury May 2012

Layered Transparency: The Performance Of Exposure, The Exposure Of Performance, Colin Gadoury

Architecture Theses

The thesis seeks to explore relationships between people based on their proximity and condition of viewing to an event. As evidenced in the images to the left, the inspiration for such a thesis draws on ideas of privacy, voyeurism, retail and most importantly performance.

Each element of inspiration presents elements of intrigue to the proposed theater. As one walks the streets of Times Square in New York City, you cannot help but let yourself be enveloped by the marketing of hundreds of retailers - each drawing the customer in with exploitation of their products through the transparent medium of glass. Architecture ...