"Tactic" as a subverse act to the proper or "institutional"
Lara, Jaime A.
Brown, David P.
Master of Architecture
The thesis is the exploration of the urban vernacular and the "tactical" practices that redefine and reappropriate the "strategic", "proper", or institutional. The concern of the thesis lies in the "fringe", or "marginalized" areas of the city---the residual spaces that rely on "tactics" to attain a temporal, improvisational, and ephemeral quality. Hip hop culture, consisting of rap, break dancing and graffiti, is utilized as an illustration of the "tactics" that subvert the strategic. The emphasis of the project is to reappropriate and redefine the theatre as a community center that is made up of cultural and entrepreneurial programmatic elements. The design sets forth a set of architectural "tactics" that regard architecture as a "prop" for the "performances" that establish spatial form and relationships. A series of "tactics" that aim to create and redefine zones within an existing shell to denote and activate the "new" and old programmatic elements.
Cultural anthropology; Theater; Architecture