For an architecture of resistance
Laufer, Carol A.
Master of Architecture
This thesis investigates the relationship between power structures and architecture. There are two considerations: how powerful institutions use architecture to articulate their images and how publishing, a powerful medium of architectural ideas, is manipulated. The investigation suggests that the tendencies to objectify people and commodify architecture reinforce each other, explaining, in part, a lack in architecture. The objectification continues through architecture precisely because an economy of architectural resistance has barely developed. The tools used to examine this issue include feminist a critiques of science, and the analysis of literature and architectural journals. Although most of the document is written, a portion is a photographic and textual montage. This encourages interaction between the document and the audience thereby resisting passive commodification of the ideas presented. While the written document outlines some recent attempts at resistance, the design portion physically manifests resistance.