Residential frameworks for the transient: A critical analysis of object event relationships in transient residential sites
Powell, James Patrick
Master of Architecture
This thesis is an effort to respond to our unstable, de-centered quality of living. The single family house is not reflective of our dependency on mobility. As the ultimate transient, the homeless are the inspiration behind this thesis. Six homeless sites provided rules for my design proposals. The relationship between objects and their use, what I call the object event, differs greatly between conventional dwellers and the homeless. The homeless adapt utilitarian objects, found objects, while conventional dwellers store possessions. Possessions for the conventional dweller are specific and inflexible in terms of their use. Rooms in a conventional house are also specific, and they prescribe the possessions that go in them. My proposal dispenses with inflexible object events. The residential framework, or infrastructure, proposed for the transient is flexible and transportable. Catalogs are the source for this residential infrastructure, and they speak of our culture's obsession with objects.