Fitzpatrick, Lynn Ellen
Master of Architecture
The thesis argues for architecture which intentionally allows for multiple readings as a means of empowering the individual in a culture consumed by the overwhelming and debilitating desire for conformity and stability. Through the simultaneous exposure of the strengths and vulnerabilities manifest in physical and cultural constructs, a new method for seeing and, hence, acting is suggested. An approach to architecture is developed in which the primary pursuit is to force the viewer to look outside the work (a building) for possible meaning. The hope is that hidden or repressed conditions and possibilities within the environment, the viewer, and the building itself, will be revealed. The goal of architecture is stretched from the development of formal principles or habitation, to that which brings cultural, political, and economic conditions to the surface and inspires questions, propels actions, and opens the possibility for individuals to affect cultural evolution.