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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.


The Museum Of Ideas: Fantastic Wilderness Park, Alyssa Goraieb Dec 2015

The Museum Of Ideas: Fantastic Wilderness Park, Alyssa Goraieb

Architecture Thesis Prep

The history of wilderness is the history of an idea. A missing element of the natural history museum is the human attitude within which nature is captured and displayed. This project wants to put the historical displays of the museum within a context by making an addition to the natural history museum that archives the historical attitudes, experiences and perceptions towards wilderness.


Algorithmic Settlements, Benjamin Anderson-Nelson Dec 2015

Algorithmic Settlements, Benjamin Anderson-Nelson

Architecture Thesis Prep

Utilizing a typological understanding of the spatial conditions of informal settlements to help suggest how interventions will affect conditions is the goal. Understanding the beneficial aspects of communal space created as well as the nature of adaptability within the settlement provides architects with a better understanding of where and how they might intervene. Simulating the conditions of an informal settlement digitally would help to better understand the individualistic agency involved in their creation. Modeling the inter-relational actions between neighboring entities within the system allows for the system to be understood more complexly than before. Designers would be able to add ...


The Architecture Of Consumption: A New Transient Shopping Space, Ensam Lee Dec 2015

The Architecture Of Consumption: A New Transient Shopping Space, Ensam Lee

Architecture Thesis Prep

Research shows that while most malls aren’t actually dying off, the 3.4% that are failing are older malls relying on singular programming and older dumbbell plans with retail anchors referred to as Class C and D malls (Hurley 2015). Studies show that, as a result, more competitive malls in Class A and even some Class B malls are shifting their focus to branding a memorable experience for shoppers in the mall. And due to the volume of programs and activities that take place in Class A malls they are almost always very large. If a new type of ...


The Seed: Urban Vertical Farming Germinated, Michael Lima Dec 2015

The Seed: Urban Vertical Farming Germinated, Michael Lima

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis is proposing a mixed use commercial and agricultural building within the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a population rise of 1100% in the last ten years and close proximity to areas in need of food justice action this building investigates the ability for buildings to act not only as shelter for people, but also as life springs for those living within its proximity. Food production, water filtration and education of the human connection to their role in nature are three of the tenants that “The Seed” addresses. The Seed will germinate the concept of Vertical Urban Farming ...


The Self Sufficient Pod, Brenna Merola Dec 2015

The Self Sufficient Pod, Brenna Merola

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis presents a typology of temporary relief housing that will be self sustaining and will better address the procedure and process of housing individuals affected by disasters. The proposed pod will be adaptable in order to fit the needs of different types of environmental conditions, while still encompassing the architectural necessities of light, heat, and energy.


A Mat Response To Deinstitutionalization, Dominic Lipuma Dec 2015

A Mat Response To Deinstitutionalization, Dominic Lipuma

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis references the wave of new ideas for architecture’s response to mental health during the 1960s, based on a new understanding and approach to mental illness in society, with the proposals for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). These facilities formed the architectural basis of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, which was ultimately never fulfilled, marking the wave of deinstitutionalization and the closing of psychiatric hospitals without these CMHCs in place. Therefore, this thesis picks up where the ball was dropped back then, proposing a new architectural solution based on further research and insight that has since ...


Renegotiating Figure And Structure, Maxwell Rosner Dec 2015

Renegotiating Figure And Structure, Maxwell Rosner

Architecture Thesis Prep

Innie/Outie considers architecture as a simultaneously typological and teleological proposition. Architects from the advent of Modernism onwards have displayed a critical preoccupation with the discipline's teleological potential, the creation of form that follows function - a renunciation of authorship, a denial of intuition that pursues an architecture of transcendence that adheres only to the principles which govern that which is, rather than that which appears to be.