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Details Matter: Architecture Is Understood As A Sum Of Its Details, Rajkumar Kadam Oct 2016

Details Matter: Architecture Is Understood As A Sum Of Its Details, Rajkumar Kadam

Architecture Thesis Prep

Architecture is understood as a product of its details. It is inseparable from its components and the characteristic ways in which they are assembled. The scalar and material consistency of the components is important as to how architecture is read. In this regard, the best detailing is one where each part has the same language and character as the whole as detailing is about the construction of a part to whole relationship. To construct this argument, this thesis looks at Edward Ford’s “55 Door Handles, or What is a Detail?” and the four schools of thought about the relationship ...


Y'All Come Back Now, Ya Hear: A Reflection On Tourism And The Carnivalesque, Kolby Forbes Oct 2016

Y'All Come Back Now, Ya Hear: A Reflection On Tourism And The Carnivalesque, Kolby Forbes

Architecture Thesis Prep

With the departure of manufacturing and industrial production from urban centers, contemporary American cities have turned to tourism as a method of turning the experiences and memories of a site into a commodity for public consumption. This pursuit of capital produces bubbles of pure spectacle that neglect historical events of significance through a series of simplifications and reductions. The investigation of this thesis is to hyper accelerate these negations, creating spectacles of commodity fetishism into an absurdist event of carnival through a series of urban pavilions, similar to those produced in John Hejduk's Masque explorations, revealing the discrepancies and ...


From Sun Mao To Emergent Structure, Yang Song Oct 2016

From Sun Mao To Emergent Structure, Yang Song

Architecture Thesis Prep

With the exploration of the cultural meaning and structural capacity of the traditional Chinese joinery, Sun Mao, the intent of this thesis is to propose a joinery-driven design system, which merges architecture and structure, and bridges the vernacular Chinese culture with the contemporary fabrication technology.


Provisional Permanence, Ian M. Jackson, Matthew J. Marinelli Oct 2016

Provisional Permanence, Ian M. Jackson, Matthew J. Marinelli

Architecture Thesis Prep

The oceans take up 71 percent of our planet. For the east coast, Barrier Islands are the first line of defense against storms and will become the most affected areas because of sea level rise in the next hundred years. There is no stopping sea level rise and the time and money spent thus far has not been efficient and requires a different approach.

The barrier islands may be the first line of defense against storms, but they are more than that. There is a long standing allure to the islands that we’ve come to know as beach culture ...


Learning From The Informal, Cherif Farid Oct 2016

Learning From The Informal, Cherif Farid

Architecture Thesis Prep

Architecture could learn from the socio-cultural norms of informal Cairo and could implement professional expertise to create a new housing typology that achieves the people’s needs.

Housing 20 million people and still growing, Cairo mirrors the global phenomenon of unplanned urban growth. The people have been forced to construct their own dwelling units as the government fails to provide them shelter. Approximately 65 percent of the population of Cairo lives in so-called informal housing: four to ten story concrete and brick infill structures built without legal permits in the desert or on former agrarian land. These informal housing projects ...


Food Function Form, Travis J. Telemaque Oct 2016

Food Function Form, Travis J. Telemaque

Architecture Thesis Prep

This study suggests that solar design strategies can influence a more sustainable approach to food production, focusing on New York City to determine a potential site in which an urban farm can be integrated. Specific case studies are presented to determine whether urban agriculture can be developed in an economical and sustainable manner. Additionally, Several factors were analyzed including solar exposure, renewable resources, site accessibility, and development potential. This prototype urban farm will expose people to three categories of food production; controlled environment agriculture, productive vegetated facades, and rooftop agriculture.

Integrating food production into dense urban areas can reconnect us ...


Life As A House: A Manifesto For The New Iconic House, Ana Paola Hernandez Derbez, Domenica Velasco Oct 2016

Life As A House: A Manifesto For The New Iconic House, Ana Paola Hernandez Derbez, Domenica Velasco

Architecture Thesis Prep

The house, is one of the most fundamental architectural archetypes, has long been used as unbuilt or built manifestos to declare the avant garde of the discipline. As designers, we need to re-visualize design concepts to create architecture that integrates and corresponds to the way we dwell. Innovating design in the same way technology and digitalization have been innovating production and the way we live. This thesis investigates a return to the design of a house as a manifesto, focusing on today’s advanced modes of fabrication and evolving ways of living to challenge the current design mindset.


Pleasurescapes: Mechanized Conveyances As Agents Of Alternate Urban Experience, Elias Varon Oct 2016

Pleasurescapes: Mechanized Conveyances As Agents Of Alternate Urban Experience, Elias Varon

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis inquires the possibilities of creating pleasurable destinations in a city that engage their urban environment through the deployment mechanized conveyances - conveyances that offer an alternative experience to the day-to-day “mobilities."


Contemporary Infrastructure For The Sustainable Mid-Sized City, Christian Martinez Oct 2016

Contemporary Infrastructure For The Sustainable Mid-Sized City, Christian Martinez

Architecture Thesis Prep

Embedded within the Feasibility Assessment of Sustainable Transportation: Syracuse study’s goals is an interest in urban mobility particularly in mid-sized cities in America. Well referenced texts tend to deliberate on issues of urban infrastructure in great urban metropolises. This presumes infrastructure improvements can universally have a positive impact on urban mobility irrespective of city size. But is it possible for the prosperity of cities to be augmented by virtue of investing in policy and infrastructure for sustainable transportation through following megalopolis biased guidebooks? Vishaan Chakrabarti advocates for a more urban America in “A County of Cities”, because of their ...


Real Estate: Urban Renewal At Shibati Community, Chongqing, Wenxin Zeng Oct 2016

Real Estate: Urban Renewal At Shibati Community, Chongqing, Wenxin Zeng

Architecture Thesis Prep

The project is a “urban renewal” project at Shibati Community in Chongqing, China. The title “Real Estate” suggested that the land never become “real” until there are activities, communications happened between the occupants. The government did several renovation project in Chongqing, either totally destroy the entire site and build a copy on the site by saying we are preserving the history, or solely refurnished the façade of the houses but leave the inside of the house at a rough condition. The project is a critique of what the Chinese government and other official agencies in China have tended to respond ...


Half House-S: Axonometric Panorama, Fei Wang Oct 2016

Half House-S: Axonometric Panorama, Fei Wang

Architecture Thesis Prep

Axonometric Panorama is a patio-organizational image, a hybrid of multi-dimensional views. Distinction and interdependency within and between form, program, and space will be elaborated by my practice.


Any Given Sunday, Dabota Wilcox Oct 2016

Any Given Sunday, Dabota Wilcox

Architecture Thesis Prep

Our lives are defined by the things we surround ourselves with. They captivate our thoughts, moods, and desires, but besides their ability to transfix us, they posses a power to transform us. They can shape our needs, values, and behaviors. They ultimately leave us with transformative experiences that provide and enforce within us our beliefs. The rise in prominence of pop culture as a force in shaping the way in which people see and confront the world has meant that our attachments are as disparate and ubiquitous as ever. We communicate and enforce that which we hold close by the ...


Wonderland, Jessica Ordaz, Stephanie Tager Dec 2015

Wonderland, Jessica Ordaz, Stephanie Tager

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis intends to explore and analyze the environmental, spatial, and architectural characteristics found within the timeless imaginary locations of children’s literature. Through tapping into these magnificent stories that are waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built, fresh and new learning environments can be created that flourish creativity and promote individuality. By translating the synergistic connection between a child and his/her favorite picture book and into the architecture of a space for learning, these narrative driven designs can render the wonderful and dreamy landscapes of fictional worlds in an unconventional way. Although merely stories and pictures, these famous ...


The Border Land, Zhuocen Yao Dec 2015

The Border Land, Zhuocen Yao

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis aims to explore the issue of the conceptual space for the establishment of difference: the border, in both literal and phenomenal term. What can architecture do to change the way we perceive borders. How can the border politics construct border architecture and can the new border architecture in another way result in new border politics. How can we transform the indeterminate nature of the border from a threshold that demarcates into a new in between landscape typology that mediates between the need for quality space of hosted events and influences and security?


The Ottoman Han: Recovery Of A Lost Typology, Asli Germirli Dec 2015

The Ottoman Han: Recovery Of A Lost Typology, Asli Germirli

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis will focus on the architectural interventions for the 17th century structure of Buyuk Valide Han. The project will be shaped through the multiple lenses of Critical Regionalism, urban planning, conservation and sustainability. The aim is to add value to the Hans District and to revive the commercial and cultural identity through the preservation of the older structures and the introduction of modern architecture.


Where Wellness Begins, Chelsea Wheeler Dec 2015

Where Wellness Begins, Chelsea Wheeler

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contends that if occupant health is placed at the forefront of design, utilizing a proposed process of design that selects and addresses three out of nine suggested elements of health through demographic mapping and utilizes these elements to construct human-centric drawings during the initial stages of design, the resulting architecture will promote occupant wellbeing.


New Beijing: Learning From New York, Bowen Zhang Dec 2015

New Beijing: Learning From New York, Bowen Zhang

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis aims to address the housing problem generated by the previously mentioned contradicting stimuli to create a new housing typology that is appropriate for a modern Beijing.


(Urban) Waste Producing (Urban) Space, Mrunmai Fulambarkar Dec 2015

(Urban) Waste Producing (Urban) Space, Mrunmai Fulambarkar

Architecture Thesis Prep

Although heat is the primary waste produced by industrial processes, designers can transform this by-product into energy that can allow for the creation of new public amenity and data center hybrids that integrate, celebrate and provide benefits to the urban realm.


Hacktivism As A Model Of Agency For Architects: Modulating Forces And Flows Of Power, Nhan Bui Dec 2015

Hacktivism As A Model Of Agency For Architects: Modulating Forces And Flows Of Power, Nhan Bui

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis will attempt to materialize and bring attention to the invisible and virtual forces of the internet on the political, economic and social spaces that activate and direct the way for architecture in the contemporary world. The thesis will explore hacking, more specically “abstract hacktivism “as a model for architects to nd ways of being more proactive in the political, economic and social spheres.


The Allopoiesis Of The Artifact, Cristina Abondano Dec 2015

The Allopoiesis Of The Artifact, Cristina Abondano

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contends that Urban Artifacts of Pathological Permanence, as defined by Aldo Rossi, are dead not only because of the inability of their form to allow for a new use, but because of other multiple variables. Being born with a disadvantageous Form is only the beginning of a series of possible illnesses; which flourish out of the vulnerability caused by the death of the political idea that brought forth the Urban Artifact’s Form in its original conception. The death of the political idea leaves the Urban Artifact with a dubious raison d’etre. The Form has then to ...


The Phenomenology Of Contemplative Space, Frank Fuentes Dec 2015

The Phenomenology Of Contemplative Space, Frank Fuentes

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contends that architecture has the potential to script a hyper specific spiritual experience catered toward both the individual and the collective. Architecture can invoke an essence of spirituality regardless of one’s own affiliation towards religion. It is my contention that there is potential for design in architecture within agency to perform the thesis, a contemplative space for individuals with or without a religious identity. Architecture can perform as a device to invoke a sense of spirituality in individuals that would not consider themselves neither religious, nor spiritual - by providing a place of awe, contemplation, and mysticism.


Architecture On Parade: Rejuvenating Venice Biennale, Fan Fang Dec 2015

Architecture On Parade: Rejuvenating Venice Biennale, Fan Fang

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis is interested in speculating on new ways to exhibit architecture. As it is a culturally relevant event, the thesis will borrow strategies in other forms of popular cultural production to determine how to rejuvenate architecture exhibition. Parade and traveling circus are cultural rituals that have unique formats that give actual shape to culture. They present in a live and lively manner, and they travel among places to enlarge a wider audience.This thesis project seeks to learn from these cultural rituals such as the parade and the traveling circus to improve and expand current formats of exhibition and ...


Collaborating With Catastrophe: The User's Guide To, Patricia Cafferky Dec 2015

Collaborating With Catastrophe: The User's Guide To, Patricia Cafferky

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contends that the narrative nature of architecture gives it the potential to act as a jeremiad, taking the present day failings of society in the face of climate change and extrapolating out a potential future dystopia to instigate a critical dialogue and challenge the status quo. Here, architecture will act as a medium, as opposed to more typical literary works or photojournalism techniques which are usually associated with communicating social critique.


Imperfect Square: Reconsidering The Dialectical Condition Between Fabric And Object In Urban Environments, Richelle Gewertz Dec 2015

Imperfect Square: Reconsidering The Dialectical Condition Between Fabric And Object In Urban Environments, Richelle Gewertz

Architecture Thesis Prep

The thesis proposes to provide a new urban design approach to improve blighted areas in urban environments. It offers a strategy to patch together the fragmented physical landscape of the Shrinking City into a cohesive urban fabric.


The Synchronous City, Patricia Olivera Dec 2015

The Synchronous City, Patricia Olivera

Architecture Thesis Prep

Architects’ conceptualizations of cities reference and reflect trends in their societies at their time of conception. During the early 1900's architects speculated on modernist visions of cities, during the mid-late 1900's radical visions of cities emerged, and now, this project will operate among the framework of previous visions of cities by architects and envision a city based on digital information and communications technologies. We are living a Digital Revolution and exist in the age of Information. This thesis will explore the ways in which a city will be conceptualized if it was based on digital information and communication ...


Hijacked: Parasitic Injection Of The Social Condenser Within The Contemporary City, Lara Moock Dec 2015

Hijacked: Parasitic Injection Of The Social Condenser Within The Contemporary City, Lara Moock

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contends that the constructivist “social condenser” should be injected through the lens of the 21st century, capitalist city in order to reveal the interwoven collisions and hidden overlaps between the homeless and tech industry of San Francisco. The condenser will operate like a parasitic intervention by hijacking spaces along the spine of the city, heavily influenced by social and policy concerns, to formally and programmatically make these invisibilities between the two entities evident.


Subversive Supermarket: Tactical Interjections Into The Everyday Experience, Taylor Johnson Dec 2015

Subversive Supermarket: Tactical Interjections Into The Everyday Experience, Taylor Johnson

Architecture Thesis Prep

The architecture of the supermarket and the landscape of food production, processing, distribution, and consumption it is situated within, further isolates the relationships consumers have with their food and routines. Investigating the intersection between socio-political, and economic constructs that shape the supermarket, the psychology of the interior constructs, and uses of spatial theory to frame architectural tactics of intervention, the thesis aims to embed a narrative subscript into the existing supermarket experience, to expand beyond its systemic constructs and user policies.


Never-Land, Xiaoyan Dong Dec 2015

Never-Land, Xiaoyan Dong

Architecture Thesis Prep

The thesis re-imagines the operation and impact of construction sites under fast urbanization in China, by studying the live + work practices of migrant construction workers. The thesis criticizes the existing introverted “Wall + Hut” construction paradigm, proposing an adaptable architectural structure around construction sites, which provides spatially an alternative urban nomad lifestyle for Chinese construction workers, and in return reconstruct the urban experience in China based on the increasing demand for migrant-dwellings and omnipresent construction sites.


Unreal Urbanisms, Temitope Olujobi Dec 2015

Unreal Urbanisms, Temitope Olujobi

Architecture Thesis Prep

As virtual cities are made in the transnational image of physical cities the same claims about legibility, public image and the five elements of a city’s can be asserted to virtual environment, however; the bottom up approach to building these virtual cities means the appearance, use and interplay of these elements will operate differently. The research of the virtual cities featured on Unreal Urbanisms will be executed in methods similar to the experiments conducted by Kevin Lynch. The first method will be field research in which we navigate the city and map out my own ways of movement and ...


Divided Cyprus, Nicola Kyverniti Dec 2015

Divided Cyprus, Nicola Kyverniti

Architecture Thesis Prep

Creating urban interventions in the city at different scales and sites strategically chosen to attract the city population would have the potential to expose the state of the urban fabric. Nodes designed to alter the perspective of the occupant. Exposure created through the language of architecture. Revealling dividing elements emphasizes the need for a true symbol of dialogue and freedom of discussion between the separated communities. At a global scale, conflict is not something that can truly be resolved or diminished. The notion of conflict occurs in certain locations at different periods, following the evolution of political, social, economic, and ...