Representation and utility can be rejoined through structure
Cannady, William T.
Master of Architecture
My thesis proposes that current architecture, in its search for character, has overlooked the contributions and opportunities of the Modern Movement. In its resurgent use of representation, primarily through a pluralistic adoption of historical references and stylistic images, this current architecture fails to provide the clarity of intention that a Modern attitude towards truth, technique and production would demand. This architecture has separated representation and utility to the extent that "how" a thing is made is no longer an issue. The resulting lack of integration is producing an architecture that is inappropriate for our time. I intend to prove that by rejoining the elements of representation and utility we can produce an architecture that will be a better response to, and reflection of, our cultural values and building technologies. I intend to prove that the means of this rejoining lies in the use of structure, both structure as the technical device which defines space and, on a larger scale, as the ordering of the built environment. Clarity of structure will produce an architecture that embodies an appropriate character for our own time.