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Through an exploration of the architectural aperture, this thesis seeks to abandon a representational understanding of the image and restore a more performative one. Architecture’s imageability – its capacity to create ...
Sponge, Table, Pads: Exchange Space
This thesis takes the typical one-to-one relationship between a tower and a lobby and asks what if a three-layer base that produces a higher density and a scale exceeding the physical boundary of a single office tower ...
Detroit continues to stand out as emblematic of failing urban economies, infrastructure, density, and form. But its spatially dominant urban relationships also provide the opportunity required to transform unsustainable, ...
Towards a Greater [W]hole: Understanding Form in the City's Psyche
This thesis investigates the part-to-whole relationship in architectural and urban design, and the dialectic that exists between the conceptual and the perceptual in the built environment. Working with Gestalt principles ...
Exchange is at the core of public space. Whether trading products or sharing information, exchange between people produces social interactions and spatialized hubs of activity. Without exchange public spaces fail. Today, ...
Many many many many parking spaces
"Houston is the first major city without streets"$\sp1$ It is a city of parking space, and mostly surface parking at that. Economic incentives and automobility dictate the ground rules by which the contemporary city is ...
The architecture of Galveston's golden age: Cast iron facades in the Strand District
In the nineteenth century, Galveston was a highly successful port city; it capitalized on the production and shipping of Texas cotton. The commercial buildings erected during the heyday of its prosperity, many of which ...
Representing occulted projections: Cultivating anamorphic visions in the Paradise Garden
Our conception of Paradise is derived from the Old Persian word pairidaeza, referring directly to a hidden, walled garden. Such a mythical garden protects its occupant from the extrinsic gaze of those less fortunate. Taqiyah ...
As society evolves so should its housing. Today's family is diversified, mobile and subject to change, while the typical detached single family suburban house remains the same. Bound by economic constraints, mortgage/ ...