Spatializing Alice, en passant
Houghton, Adele B.
Master of Architecture
"Spatializing Alice, en passant," uses Lewis Carroll's texts, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass, as a resource for developing a speculative theory for reading architecture. Such a reading, called architecture, en passant, investigates the way perception of measurement systems impacts the social construction of identity. It looks for evidence of these interactions by analyzing the occupation of space. An en passant reading assumes that architecture is generally conceived and perceived as pertaining to an ideal, objective measurement system that has the power to act on the people who occupy it, but can not itself be manipulated by them. Architecture, en passant, on the other hand, reveals relative measurement systems that are embedded in architectural forms. It proposes that these traditionally ignored methods of measurement significantly influence the way the built environment is occupied and the cultural impact that architecture has on its occupants.
English literature; Architecture