Typological transformation of Houston's Coliseum and Sam Houston Park
Robertson, David Scott
Master of Architecture
Buildings as cultural tools, or their creators, continue to struggle to communicate with a media-induced, decentralized society. Buildings as either representational anachronisms or self-referential processes fail to remedy the situation by alienating or insulting the viewer. An alternative is sought which would avoid the absolute reductive qualities associated with the early modernists, whose internal focus ravaged the concept of a coherent urban field; the results of which still stand as isolated objects encouraged by the presence of the grid. The grid, a dimensional device whose lines of division deny the potential for literal or implied connections. The problem is one of creating an architectural vocabulary relative to its context, whose simplification and fusion at specific points would serve to create such connections in the memory of the fabric-dweller.