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Untitled Context- Part 2, Bhumi Patel Oct 2013

Untitled Context- Part 2, Bhumi Patel

Architecture Senior Theses

No abstract provided.


Engaging Holistic Health Through Interactive Design In Public Space- Part 1, Alec Hembree, Emily Sholder Oct 2013

Engaging Holistic Health Through Interactive Design In Public Space- Part 1, Alec Hembree, Emily Sholder

Architecture Senior Theses

Everything that an individual knows, thinks, feels, and perceives is ultimately formed by a culmination of experiences within his or her constructed environment. Beginning with early stages f childhood development, an individual begins to develop schemas through which he or she processes internal conditions and external factors of the surrounding environment. Education through self, family, school, community, and social media further contributes to this development as the learner grows and changes over time. However, recent changes in cultural clues have altered the way children develop physically, cognitively, and socially. Considering these factors as primary influences on the individuals holistic health ...


Engaging Holistic Health Through Interactive Design In Public Space- Part 2, Alec Hembree, Emily Sholder Oct 2013

Engaging Holistic Health Through Interactive Design In Public Space- Part 2, Alec Hembree, Emily Sholder

Architecture Senior Theses

No abstract provided.


The Manifest Narrative, Kelsey Devries Oct 2013

The Manifest Narrative, Kelsey Devries

Architecture Senior Theses

The United States is a Nation of Immigrants. A central part of the myth and narrative of the United States is based on the historical patterns and phases of various immigrant populations, their struggles, and their assimilation into the diverse culture of the United States. Each of these successive waves of immigration, however, has met with strong resistance by the existing population, a phenomenon that has persisted to the present day. This dual nature of this American narrative is reflected in the simultaneous existence of the Statue of Liberty, as a symbol of welcoming, and the ever-growing U.S.-Mexico ...


Untitled Context, Bhumi Patel Oct 2013

Untitled Context, Bhumi Patel

Architecture Senior Theses

The original is an emblem of industrialization. It is the homogeneous and the rule. Through methods of reproduction and reduction, the object creates a new identity, invigorating pre-existing conditions.

This research explores the resolution of the replica through the reproduced and the reduced. The reproduced uses the syntax of the original as a framework to produce an object containing the same components, but altered and modifies to the new context. Many towers built around the worlds that reference the Eiffel Tower as an influence, contain components of the tower that have altered and modified to the new context. These tests ...


Distributed Workplace: A New Office Typology For The 21st Century Workstyle, Haotian Lin Apr 2013

Distributed Workplace: A New Office Typology For The 21st Century Workstyle, Haotian Lin

Architecture Senior Theses

We are now at a critical junction in history where we desperately need to redefine [workplace] so that it can better accomodate the lifestyle's of today's workers.


Borderline- Part 3, Francis Mckloskey Apr 2013

Borderline- Part 3, Francis Mckloskey

Architecture Senior Theses

No abstract provided.


Reconstructing Diplomacy, Stefan Kaiser Apr 2013

Reconstructing Diplomacy, Stefan Kaiser

Architecture Senior Theses

Contemporary diplomatic functions have outgrown the typological embassy building. The barricaded sidewalks and streets are evidence that additional space is required to conduct business safely. Retrofitted embassies in London, Paris, and Berlin expand their security perimeter into the urban condition to maintain the architectural icon of diplomacy. New embassies should utilize the contested zone between the building and the city instead of relocating in rural neighborhoods. It is the purpose of this thesis to enable functional and symbolic diplomatic exchange at the location of intersecting sovereignty.


Revitalizing Waterfront: The Sinking City, Clifford Shih Apr 2013

Revitalizing Waterfront: The Sinking City, Clifford Shih

Architecture Senior Theses

The existing waterfront condition presents a separation between the water and urban. I propose this separation between the water and urban is an interacted space of urban and water. Waterfront constructed in this way protects the city from floating, yet a solution of creating a public space, ports, and water filtration facility will blend the separated condition. Thus, architecture exemplifies a vehicle to constitute physical and visual connection for dichotomy edge created by the waterfront in a rapid stratified urbanization and industrialization.


Specifying Spectacle: Architectural Representation & Image-Oriented Society, Patrick Ruggiero Apr 2013

Specifying Spectacle: Architectural Representation & Image-Oriented Society, Patrick Ruggiero

Architecture Senior Theses

"The project will critique current modes of operation by a linear problem-solving design process. By acting through representation as both a vehicle for developing design and as a means of communicating and experiencing it, the project will engage the design of a tactile deployment of architecture and effective means of communicating its intent. The architecture will function in the way that the visual arts do in terms of their scale and engagement in cultural issues. Research into tangible artifacts of the site will yield a combination of image, drawing and model forms of representation. Through this analysis, a strategy of ...


Experiential, Anticipatory, Unreal: This Fairy-Tale Does Not Have A Happy Ending., Laya Pattana Apr 2013

Experiential, Anticipatory, Unreal: This Fairy-Tale Does Not Have A Happy Ending., Laya Pattana

Architecture Senior Theses

"The methodology will be tested in the cinema type because of its promise of escapist hyperreality. It is spatial, highly personal and privatized, and firmly anti-architecture. Because the film is self-contained, its space is irrelevant. The representation of experience can be reclaimed as a design strategy to activate the movie theatre typology--a typology that architecture has long since lost."


Reconsidering The User, Nathan M. Aleskovsky Apr 2013

Reconsidering The User, Nathan M. Aleskovsky

Architecture Senior Theses

My thesis, Reconsidering The User, is a proposal for a digital application that unites the architect and the occupant in the design process of a home by transforming how design criteria are obtained and controlled.

Within the scope of the detached single-family house, my thesis argues that a design process that engages the expertise of both the architect and the occupant has the potential to create a design solution that is more accurately tailored to the preferences of the occupant. This is possible through reconfiguring the information phase of architectural design. Given my background and current entrepreneurial pursuit, best way ...


Housing Indeterminacy: Responsive Design For Diverse And Changing Households, Mark Sousa Apr 2013

Housing Indeterminacy: Responsive Design For Diverse And Changing Households, Mark Sousa

Architecture Senior Theses

This project hopes to create a new outlook on the future of housing design. Ray Forrest wrote, “The pace of demographic change need not be that dynamic to outpace the capacity of markets or states to provide appropriate dwellings in appropriate locations. […] Dwelling placement or adaptation is always likely to lag.” The preceding statement reflects the belief that housing is static and rigid, and that dwelling replacement or major structural adaptation is necessary to accommodate a continually evolving population. On the contrary, responsive housing can release significant pressure on housing systems by anticipating change and providing a lower cost alternative ...


Shapes Of Gray: Concepts In Concrete, Ford Bostwick Apr 2013

Shapes Of Gray: Concepts In Concrete, Ford Bostwick

Architecture Senior Theses

Concrete is plastic and highly manipulatable. Its characteristics and the forms it takes are vastly diverse and its history as a building material is broken and nonlinear. By charting the trajectory of its manifestations and uses over time, as well as the trajectories of constituent things (chairs, pneumatic structures, blocks, and relevant artwork), I’ve reached an understanding of what some possible valuable futures for concrete might look like. I have proposed three of these possible futures in doodle form. The doodles appear later in this book.


Simultaneous City, Robert George Little Apr 2013

Simultaneous City, Robert George Little

Architecture Senior Theses

"The description of something happening, often of significance, can be understood by the word ‘event.’ I am not interested in the notion of a large gathering with cocktails and food on toothpicks; instead the kind of event that shapes the city. Since the beginning of man’s conscious creation of the built environment, there has been a combative relationship between the human and physical world. “There is no architecture without action, no architecture without events, no architecture without program. By extension, there is no architecture without violence.” Bernard Tschumi discusses notions of event in his essay “Violence of Architecture.” He ...


Liquid Borders: (Re)Claiming The Coast Through Resilient Urbanism, Natasha Valldejuly Apr 2013

Liquid Borders: (Re)Claiming The Coast Through Resilient Urbanism, Natasha Valldejuly

Architecture Senior Theses

Infrastructure, architecture, and landscape have been commonly understood as three different entities within the urban fabric. Nevertheless, climatic uncertainties such as rising sea levels have proven that the division between these systems needs to be re-thought. How can this boundary be transformed into a more flexible urban development in which the water is seen as a habitat rather than a threat? The project I am proposing will use the Caño Martin Peña in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a testing ground to re-think how these systems can come together to form a more holistic architecture of resilience. By building for ...


Dead Space, Aimee Michele Hultquist Apr 2013

Dead Space, Aimee Michele Hultquist

Architecture Senior Theses

Deadspace might seem like it would refer to a sequestered location, but it is more of an ephemeral idea. The universality of death as a condition of life means that deadspace exists across all cultures and even transcends human creation. Deadspaces can be for no one and for everyone, or they can be open only to particular constituencies. A cemetery may be open to everyone, or it may be accessible only to those who practice a certain faith; it may even be a place so feared that no one is to be there except for the dead. A nuclear contamination ...


Sourcing Scarcity, Muneerah Alrabe Apr 2013

Sourcing Scarcity, Muneerah Alrabe

Architecture Senior Theses

Water is an essential element to human development and urban vitality. As a response to future oil depletion in cities, a new appearance of water emerges in cities: Hydro-urbanism. Through rethinking the potential of water infrastructure in cities, HydroUrbanism situates itself as a spectacular functional event that aims to collect, purify, store, and generate energy within a city. The project reconsiders the production process of water on the periphery of the city and hypothesizes for an integrated process of the production of water to work within the city at an urban scale. Exposing the water infrastructure, fantasizing water, and re-connecting ...


The Mall Reincarnate: Putting Faith In A Failed Mall, Barbara Burke Apr 2013

The Mall Reincarnate: Putting Faith In A Failed Mall, Barbara Burke

Architecture Senior Theses

I propose that there is a symbiotic way of addressing the aforementioned issues. Using the architecture of a discontinued shopping mall to agglomerate religious houses of worship will establish the opportunity or an environment that promotes religious pluralism, while repurposing infrastructural scar tissue. While seemingly disparate, the mall and the house of worship afford similar opportunities. First, they bring together like-minded people, fostering a sense of community. Second, they are both quasi-public facilities (privately-owned but publicly accessible). They are targeted to a specific demographic and require behavioral conduct. Both are designed to promote an atmosphere conducive to their activity, and ...


En[Crypted]: A Memorial Archive For The Preservation And Sanctification Of Digital Remains., William Stattman Apr 2013

En[Crypted]: A Memorial Archive For The Preservation And Sanctification Of Digital Remains., William Stattman

Architecture Senior Theses

Humans no longer leave behind solely physical remains. We accrue countless digital files, photos, etc. that are part of our lives and reveal who we are. We have well established architectural typologies for physical living, spaces for viewings and funerals [the threshold] and typologies for storing and curating physical remains. There is a pragmatic "architecture" for the living digital in the form of vast server warehouses, which additionally house digital artifacts from deceased users out of necessity as there has yet to be an established typology for their permanent archiving. There is also no respectful digital equivalent to the funeral ...


The Tectonics Of Turning The Corner: A New City Hall For Boston, Massachusetts, Hillary Barlow Apr 2013

The Tectonics Of Turning The Corner: A New City Hall For Boston, Massachusetts, Hillary Barlow

Architecture Senior Theses

The corner is a unique architectural condition that serves as a rhetorical device through its role in the configuration of space. How architects "turn the corner" or the "problem" of the corner has long been rooted in architectural discourse however as Eisenman notes, "corners are elusive and thus rarely thematized in architecture. For example, when Rosalind Krauss said that architecture will always have four walls-that is, an enclosure-she never said that architecture has corners, either external or internal." The corner specifically can produce multiple layers of meaning since the corner can define form either as a series of edges, surfaces ...


Bookspace: Re-Evaluating How Books Occupy The City, Rhett C. Bruno Apr 2013

Bookspace: Re-Evaluating How Books Occupy The City, Rhett C. Bruno

Architecture Senior Theses

I contend that a new space for books is required in the city. One which blurs the boundary between public and private - between seclusion and exposure. This space, or “Bookscape,” will integrate those who read books with those who craft him, offering a new level of interaction that benefits all parties involved.


Fashioning The Unfashionable: An Architecture Of Waste, Alyson Canal Apr 2013

Fashioning The Unfashionable: An Architecture Of Waste, Alyson Canal

Architecture Senior Theses

It is evident that there exists a connection between architecture and fashion, and more significantly fashion and waste. Fashioning a material recovery facility through exhibition space, art, and social interaction will bring infrastructure back into the designed environment while maintaining an industrial identity that the site demands. Designing an architecture of waste through the cultural ideologies of fashion facilitates collectivity and public engagement.


(Im)Permanent Landform Built: The Edge Between "Natural" And Man-Made, Katharina Hoerath Apr 2013

(Im)Permanent Landform Built: The Edge Between "Natural" And Man-Made, Katharina Hoerath

Architecture Senior Theses

"I believe that the paramount interconnectedness between architecture and site should become apparent when examining the theoretical constructions, physical, metaphysical, and sensual dimensions. Having chosen the sites at two different threshold of erosion (Matterhorn and Holderness Coast), I claim that the gray zone between “natural” and man made needs to be addressed in an intriguing way to create an aesthetic form responding to landform change over time. This thesis offers an opportunity to contextualize past events and to provoke and imagine something new. Architecture as the permanent, solid element determines the edge towards the solidifying landform. Moreover, this topic provides ...


Residential Square In The 21st Century: Applying A Typology To Create A New Urban Morphology, Elizabeth Whittington Apr 2013

Residential Square In The 21st Century: Applying A Typology To Create A New Urban Morphology, Elizabeth Whittington

Architecture Senior Theses

The transposition of the residential square will be part of a large-scale strategic plan for the re-development of low-rise low-density neighborhoods on the fringe of the central business district in the post-industrial city. A community garden will be defined by a public housing project. Thus, the neighborhood’s identity will be presented through the physical landscape, building volumes and façade. The project will become part of the system of communal spaces within the city. American individualism will express the civic realm, while creating a secure and connected environment. The new housing block provides a proto-type for an urban morphology that ...


The Regional Exchange: From Main Street To Shopping Mall To App Info-Structure, Christoper R. Depalma Apr 2013

The Regional Exchange: From Main Street To Shopping Mall To App Info-Structure, Christoper R. Depalma

Architecture Senior Theses

The current switch that has now made the shopping center model vulnerable to yet another evolution is the smartphone, which, since its introduction has become an essential component to American lifestyle even more quickly than the car, changing the way in which people engage in both social and commercial activity. Unlike their response to the automobile switch, if architects can recognize and accept the smartphone as a evolutionary tool, then they can take a center role in designing the next major regional exchange. This new social and commercial regional spatial organizer is still desired to be a physical place, however ...


Political Dialogue: Spatial Opportunities Within The Lima Food System, Santiago Dammert Apr 2013

Political Dialogue: Spatial Opportunities Within The Lima Food System, Santiago Dammert

Architecture Senior Theses

"I propose to inteverne this otherwise spread out and disconnected environment and insert programmatic interfaces that result in interactions between the different users to be located there, without compromising the market’s need for efficient transactions. An other important factor is time. This will be done by the formulation of two different strategies that deal with different scales. On a larger scale, zoning is to be redefined, concentrating administrative, leisure and event program relevant to the 3 clients so as to spatially unify already built structures. On a smaller scale, this program acts as a creator of visual and spatial ...


Beyond The Object: The Phenomenon Of Memory In Architecture, Greg Bencivengo Apr 2013

Beyond The Object: The Phenomenon Of Memory In Architecture, Greg Bencivengo

Architecture Senior Theses

Situated in Chicago, IL, the process of commemoration will be realized as a set of architectural pavilions, each reconstructing a critical moment from the city's past. Said events will be selected for their influence on Chicago's development and should be commemorated on the sites at which they occured. As a series of episodes throughout the city, the architecture will emphasize the interdependence of present and past events, of memory and perception, and of collective memory and architectural experience.

The goal is not to replace our understanding of collective memory, but through fostering an awareness of self and one ...


Stigma For Regeneration: A Hub For City Efficiency And Saturation, Tanner Halkyard Apr 2013

Stigma For Regeneration: A Hub For City Efficiency And Saturation, Tanner Halkyard

Architecture Senior Theses

In many cases today, the train station as a connection point between the commute and the stationary mode of living or working, is a congestion point of personal and community modes of traffic resulting in an underthought chance for saturated development.

Incorporation of a Chicago high-speed rail station will pioneer new solutions to congestion and economic growth within this particular sub-standard city, drawing on landscape traditions while incorporating water, energy and pedestrian networks to connect the futuristic ideals to compound issues. It will alleviate housing shortages and provide a platform for reinstallment of impoverished families into the climing economic core.


Essen(Ce)Tially Authentic: Contemporary Design Within A Historical Context And The Parameters Of The “Preserved”, Danielle Ciccone Apr 2013

Essen(Ce)Tially Authentic: Contemporary Design Within A Historical Context And The Parameters Of The “Preserved”, Danielle Ciccone

Architecture Senior Theses

Contemporary architecture needs to solidify its role amongst the pressures of preservation. It is crucial to build reflective of our time, even within a historical area. Though the past should be appreciated, it cannot be revived. Architectural design should exhibit a successive evolution instead of white washing its progression. The essence of a place must be interpreted, distilling and capturing its characteristics while establishing a more authentic architecture of the present. Identity endures not in appearance but with the culture, tradition, technology and people of a particular time.