Media as a modality of architectural discourse: Methods/modes/medium/activity
Sullivan, Melissa Megan
Master of Architecture
This thesis claims that the modalities of the discourse of architecture are much broader than scholarship and journalism. The modalities extend to include magazines, journals, books, but also newspapers (print news media), radio, television, websites, blogs and even conferences, lectures, reviews, openings, and cocktail parties. Via the case study of the Walt Disney Concert Hall project, this thesis maps the ways in which differing media circulate stories and information, and the back and forth influence among these media. The events of the project itself combined with the influence of external events like the Northridge earthquake and the L.A. Riots, demonstrate the effects of these differing modalities on the discourse of architecture. These effects, in turn, imply potentials for the role of the architect and broader discipline in this media driven culture.