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Plan Games: A Syracuse Architecture Public Exhibition, Arthur Mcdonald Dec 2015

Plan Games: A Syracuse Architecture Public Exhibition, Arthur Mcdonald

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This exhibition celebrates Professor Arthur McDonald's distinguished academic and professional career at Syracuse Architecture and serves as the official announcement of his retirement form the school and university at the end of 2015's school year. Professor McDonald is among the most influential and revered professors to teach at Syracuse Architecture, among the most distinguished architecture faculty at any university in this or in any country. Professor McDonald's influence as a professor and as an administrator is enormous and his legacy will live on in the work of his many students, some of whom are now professors at ...


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 ...


Industrial Intervened, Xige Liu Dec 2015

Industrial Intervened, Xige Liu

Architecture Thesis Prep

The structure of China industrial company is quite different, because the company had many other related service only available to people who work there and their family, such as kindergarten, college, food factory, theatre, apartments and etc. That is the culture and social contents of a typical industrial company. It is also the characteristic of socialism of China. Like what Tschumi said, the social relevance and formal invention of architecture cannot be dissociate from the event that happen in it. It’s also related to what Cedric Price had done for the Fun Place that the architecture should be highly ...


Millenial Housing, Jonathan Reisman Dec 2015

Millenial Housing, Jonathan Reisman

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contends that growing cities around the world are out pricing the younger demographic from the urban fabric. Contends that constantly rising real estate markets are forcing Millenials outside of city centers. Understands that socially, the younger demographic provides the energy and income required to keep the city alive. And believes that in order for the younger demographic to reclaim their position in the housing market, a new typology of living needs to be created.


This Is Not The Color Yellow, Annagrace Walton Dec 2015

This Is Not The Color Yellow, Annagrace Walton

Architecture Thesis Prep

"I bet I can create a casino in the themed environment of Las Vegas that is a sign of 'actual' use-value and 'artificial' sign-value."


The Burning Building, Winnie Tu Dec 2015

The Burning Building, Winnie Tu

Architecture Thesis Prep

When fire is controlled, research confirms that hearth and campfires induce relaxation as part of a multi sensory, absorptive, and social experience. Because fire ties heavily with community formation, this thesis aims to directly re-introduce the element of fire as a social phenomenon measured through four scales of human proxemics: public, social, personal, and intimate. Since fire involves flickering light, crackling sounds, warmth, and has a distinctive smell, the architecture will be designed around the exploration of these characteristics and its spatial qualities through the control of construction as well as heat and light dissipation to result in the design ...


Private Room On The Wheel, Kathy Teng Dec 2015

Private Room On The Wheel, Kathy Teng

Architecture Thesis Prep

The American highway is nationly used for commerce and commuting, but it creates diverse lifestyles as well. The cross-country highway and road trip are deeply rooted in the American psyche, supported the vast Federal Highway Network and the rapid growth in ownership of automobiles by American families since the 1940s, establishing a sense of freedom in their mobile lifestyles. Other highway users have less control over their daily routine.

Truck drivers spend a majority of their times on the road, while the remaining part of their day is spent sleeping in fixed truck cabins or eating at all-night truck stops ...


Absorbency In Tidal Resiliency, Shauna Strubinger Dec 2015

Absorbency In Tidal Resiliency, Shauna Strubinger

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis responds to the current threat of the impact of sea level rise on coastal population cities and proposes to create a blurred, absorbent condition, similar to the relationship between water and land.


Into Instrument: A Case For The Musical Tectonic, Alex Lievens Dec 2015

Into Instrument: A Case For The Musical Tectonic, Alex Lievens

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis will observe and investigate the relationship between musical objects and architectonic construction. It will begin to test relationships between musical notational systems and architectural notational systems. Musical instruments can provide key insights into how architecture might possess the same qualities of interactivity, action and personal value that musical instruments inherently own.


An Escape, Chen Xihao Dec 2015

An Escape, Chen Xihao

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis contains that threshold space anticipates sensational enhanced experiences. An Escape propose a thresh old building that is composed majorly by thresh old space that directs people via sensory experiences and diverts them to a fantasyland — — a thermal bath house. Conventional programmatic space is underplayed – instead , this thesis emphasizes threshold space as the primary spatial design factor.


Magna Architecture, Xue Yang Dec 2015

Magna Architecture, Xue Yang

Architecture Thesis Prep

The Thesis will explore the method of utilizing manga narrative as a story base and space generator for creating new architecture, and a methodology of extracting narratives from urban spaces, through the study of specific techniques and the materialization of archetypal narrative space in Manga.


Breathing Architecture, Yichao Kang Dec 2015

Breathing Architecture, Yichao Kang

Architecture Thesis Prep

Breathing architecture use the physical property of nature to solve the problem from environment and replace the traditional mechanical system of the existing building in Beijing. Architecture is the expression of the nature and interaction with people.


Subtraction: A Construction In Reverse An Event Of Metamorphosis, Sherina Zhang Dec 2015

Subtraction: A Construction In Reverse An Event Of Metamorphosis, Sherina Zhang

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis initiates with debates between entropy of a building’s finite ending and metamorphosis of a building’s new beginning. According to Robert Smithson entropy is “an irreversible condition, where everything is gradually wearing down”. The works of Gordon Matta Clark, infused with understanding resulting in the increase of entropy, prevents architecture to pass beyond the point of irreversibility. Clark performs a set of minimalistic acts that provide architecture in obsolescence with an after life.