Reese, Gage Patton
Master of Architecture
Material Standard is an investigation into dimensional and material construction standards by developing an intimate understanding of the standard 4&feet; x 8&feet; dimension of a single engineered material, gypsum wallboard. The thesis seeks to uncover relationships between the specific performative criteria of an engineered material and the spatial capabilities implicit in its dimensional characteristics as a modular unit of construction. Endless possibilities exist within the physical manifestation, or manipulation, of those relationships through the exploration/exploitation of standard materials, their production processes, material composition, and installation techniques. The thesis has evolved through the development of a series of material exercises. These exercises have consisted of small scale 'sample' material studies as well as 'prototype' full-scale manipulations of gypsum wallboard. Each experimental material study has sought to uncover, reveal and define possible formal logics of order inherent within this seemingly reserved, concealed, ubiquitous, standard material.