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Suburban Adaptability: Urban Context, Joshua Seidner Dec 2005

Suburban Adaptability: Urban Context, Joshua Seidner

Architecture Senior Theses

The urban environment historically fosters anonymity among urbanites denying individual expression, user flexibility, and family adaptability. The result is the draw to the suburban house model which inherently concedes ones' expression of individual identity. The urban landscape has historically formed with the core and periphery. Over the last sixty years the periphery has harbored the creation of suburbia. Traditionally, the urban landscape has, and continues to suppress individualism and flexibility to create uniformity and homogeneity[...] Arguably by default, suburbia creates a basic template which the end-user can customize. On the contrary, the urban environment does not foster the ability to ...


Boundaries And Thresholds, Kathleen C. Czerw Oct 2005

Boundaries And Thresholds, Kathleen C. Czerw

Architecture Senior Theses

"The American city is an agglomeration of definitive districts of program and groups of residents, and it is these bounded urban groupings that allow the city to maintain its diversity districts, allowing them to maintain individual identities, and specifically placed thresholds become spaces where the boundaries are broken and two districts momentarily come together. Often times these thresholds are defined by spatial voids within the urban fabric, and through the use of engaging architecture the threshold can become a place of social exchange and mutual cognizance.

The site is a lot that runs parallel to Genesee River and Exchange Street ...


Obstruction And Transcendence: Trespassing On The Border, Adam Sheraden Oct 2005

Obstruction And Transcendence: Trespassing On The Border, Adam Sheraden

Architecture Senior Theses

"The border is an element of both spatial obstruction and cultural transcendence. I propose that there should be a physical manifestation of this cultural transcendence as there is a border fence to register the material obstruction that the border fence produces. The border, as a political and spatial construction, allows for the formation of separate cultural distinctions and therefore is as much a defining element in the city as other social institutions. The border is the final punctuation mark on this arid landscape."