The end of a lighthouse

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Title: The end of a lighthouse
Author: Nader, Karim Khalil
Advisor: Biln, John
Degree: Master of Architecture thesis
Abstract: The lighthouse is a structure and figure that reveals the possibility of a discourse on seeing. Once projected, the lighthouse is erected to show the way towards the shore. Soon worshiped as an object of idolatry, the lighthouse is consumed by our gaze. From ruin and into death, the lighthouse is emptied out of its original purpose. In the place of inevitable loss, an introspection into the myth of the lighthouse and seeing would move us away from the consumptive gaze of the optical and towards the creative light of the passionate. Through this movement is a looking in depth that hopes to reconcile the separated 'I' of the distinct individual with the perceived 'eye' of an other at the end of the lighthouse. Regarding architecture in the light of this engaged sight expands the frame of the discipline from a mere process of building objects into the wonders of omniscient Being.
Citation: Nader, Karim Khalil. (2003) "The end of a lighthouse." Masters Thesis, Rice University.
Date: 2003

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