Duck, Duck, Goose
Master of Architecture
This thesis reinvents the current homogenized horizontality along the American highways by inserting a new typology of verticality along the existing horizontal sprawl. The project focuses upon the ever-growing commercialization and urban sprawl along a 181-mile strip of I.H.10, which runs from Jennings, Louisiana to Houston, Texas. In this landscape the sign has become the most dominant feature, while architecture has become simply an empty shell. There is no focal point along the highway today, only the aspiration of the sign to be higher than any inhabitable structure around it. This project proposes the insertion of 6 vertical elements into this horizontal landscape by taking the existing program and signs directly adjacent to the highway and relocating them into specified locations along I.H.10. These new densified nodes will further be defined through differentiated scales of perception through architecture and design.
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Applied sciences; Transportation planning; Architecture