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Architecture - Master's degree

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  1. A report on a new home for the New England Museum of Natural History

    Barrett, Frank J. (Frank Joseph)
    by Frank J. Barrett.

  2. The food assembly : architecture of sustenance for the new industrial city

    Staback Rodriguez, Danniely Alexandra
    Looking at Detroit is looking into the future. As the quintessential post-industrial shrinking city, it faces a myriad of problems, which include: a declining tax base, urban blight, inaccessible transportation, a waning workforce, lower educational attainment, and food insecurity. Through this conglomeration of factors, the city will inevitably witness the rise of a New Agrarian society. These New Agrarians will come from all ages and trades, and shift from a dependency on manufacturing, to an organized production of food, harnessing the conditions of place into a new productivity and a way of life that revolves around production itself. This thesis...

  3. Urban detox

    Lim, So Yeon, M. Arch Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Seoul is a busy metropolitan city. It provides opportunities and excitements for its dwellers. However, its dwellers are also more vulnerable to detrimental stress. Combined with social isolation, it is a significant mortality factor-as serious as heavy smoking or obesity. In Seoul, the social support network level ranked the lowest among OECD countries survey. This is an issue that requires a medical approach. Historically, spaces for treatment have been more than just 'curing machines' within the city. These spaces have been pilgrimage destinations, or a retreat with clean air. More recent approaches are to redefine treatment spaces as the core...

  4. Material matters : process of intuitive design

    Ryan, Anna K. (Anna Kathryn)
    Steady. Tighten. Splice. Bend. Fold. Weave. Elongate. Stiffen. Break: This is the vocabulary of an undertaking of craft, designing-while-making, improvising, learning-while-doing. This thesis is an exploration of design as craft. Woven plywood models are created in improvisational moves, benefitting from the embodied knowing that comes with extended material engagement. The making of these pieces is an experimental and playful process, where methods are tested and discovered by hand. The body is the driver in this way of making, and decisions are made based on the possibilities and limitations of the material. The plywood pieces are held together with friction alone....

  5. The almost empty that Is full : a patient search in nature

    Chen, Yan Jie Christina
    Humans live with Nature, live in nature, and build within nature... We can find ideologies from ancient Oriental philosophies to some of the exemplary architectural practitioners/theorists of our own time that find validity in integrating the human living space with nature. Frugality, simplicity and synchronization of the environment heightens human experiences and purges excess energy. However, the contemporary trend of thinking has been one that views nature as sources of extraction, either scenically or resources wise. The reverence to the mountains and rivers has largely been lost in the shifting of historical paradigms. The appearance of certain cultural/religious institutions means...

  6. Urban figure

    Cho, Bumsuk
    This thesis examines role of the mega-scale urban figure, specifically its appropriateness within contemporary cities. Since Rem Koolhaas's 1993 essay, "Bigness or the Problem of Large," the concept of mega-scale urban intervention has been a prominent issue both in architectural theory and practice. The newly created urban figures, physically dominant in the city, not only became catalytic but also became immortalized within an urban fabric. And while such urban figures remain intact, our contemporary cities are experiencing unprecedented speeds of change and complexity. This trend raises a question: "Is the mega-form still a relevant urban figures to respond to the...

  7. Our city, what ruins

    Elliott, Martin Joshua Holmblade
    Leaks, demolitions, vacancy and ruins. Our City, What Ruins is a double entendre we use to describe the conditions of urban life at the peak time of our practice. On the one hand, one third of the land lay vacant, transforming into blight, and targeted for demolition. The city was the world's flagship destination for wonders of the modern day ruin. We declared the largest federal bankruptcy in the nation's history, and our democratically elected officials were on their way to prison. It was clear the ruin landscape was an allegory for a failing system from the top down. On...

  8. Taking stock

    Karsan, Zain
    This thesis is sited in a near and uncertain future in the Rust Belt of America. The title of this thesis refers to three interrelated conditions, industrial technology, material culture and architectural agency. 'Taking' refers to the act of taking control and reclaiming agency. 'Stock' under describes the vast potential of industrial sites as materially, technologically, and architecturally fertile ground. An expanded notion of stock prompts the emergence of new figures in the city of industrial abandonment and decline. This is the story of the material monks, who, garbed in the protective cloaks of their foundry, take back their material...

  9. Narrative tactics for making other worlds possible

    Angles, Zachary (Zachary John)
    Be they childhood games of make-believe, sophisticated literary projects, or political inventions (a "Great America") authors have taken advantage of a world-building imagination creating their own worlds, and theorizing what they were doing. From the 1960s onwards, fictional worlds were studied from a philosophical point of view, using "possible worlds" theory and modal logic, which consider the ontological status of fictional worlds, the nature of their functioning, and their relationship with the actual world. These ideas have been combined with literary theory, setting the foundation for the study of imaginary worlds. Architects and Urbanists have used facets of world-building arguably...

  10. Observing the observers : a new experimental paradigm for the study of seeing and drawing

    Ozgirin, Ege
    One way to study how people design is to understand how others observe them designing. I take a step towards this understanding by examining how people segment visual design events temporally, in other words, how they divide these events into smaller pieces. I developed a methodology to comparatively study how multiple observers segment design events. In order to test my methodology, I conducted an experiment. In this experiment, I compared different attributes of a design event to see if some attributes communicate more meaning than others. From the results of the experiment, I observed that the segmentation of the design...

  11. Modeling of opening characteristics of an atrium in natural ventilation

    Luo, Qinzi
    Atriums are widely applied in non-residential buildings to provide social contact, daylight, air circulation, and aesthetic requirements. Buoyancy-driven ventilation systems are common because they can maintain suitable thermal comfort and reduce energy. Modeling techniques used to simulate naturally ventilation include analytical models, full-scale and small-scale experiments, computational fluid dynamics(CFD) and airflow network tools, which have advantages and limitations. Investigations on atrium structure and opening characteristics have been limited up to now. This thesis studies the temperature stratification and air flow rates inside atrium buildings in purely buoyancy-driven ventilation. Ventilation effects in models with different heat sources, opening locations, opening sizes...

  12. Ludus ex machina : toward computational play

    Penman, Scott (Scott David)
    The day is not far off when autonomous, artificially intelligent computational subjects will be employed in creative industries such as architecture and design. Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming ubiquitous, and it has absorbed many capabilities once thought beyond its reach. As such, it is critical that we reflect on AI's ability to design, and on whether we are affording our creative computational counterparts the full range of tools and freedoms utilized by designers. Design is often tasked with pushing the envelope in the quest for novel meaning and experience. Designers can't always rely upon existing models to judge their work....

  13. Forest futures

    Phillips, Sean, M. Arch Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    With recent interest in carbon emissions, wood has returned as a fashionable building material. Renewable, flexible, and a carbon sink, wood is increasingly seen as a material that responds to concerns of climate change. However, an acceptance of the Anthropocene demands a re-thinking of how humans relate to natural systems, and this thesis argues that with a return to wood, architecture must also return to its source - the forest - for inspiration and sites of intervention. This thesis sites itself within Mendocino National Forest in northern California. As sites of both extraction and conservation, National Forests are messy landscapes...

  14. Picturesque prairies : productive preservation on a petroleum planet

    Swingle, Tyler R
    Fires burn bright atop the flare stacks in the distance as bison watch from behind the two-meter high fence of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In this modern scene, complex geographic formations in North Dakota's badlands have established a unique shared topography between an assemblage of seemingly disparate actors: engines, bison and humans. The Bakken formation 6 km below the surface of the earth provides enough resources to encourage rhizomatic deployment of oil and gas wells while the sedimentary surface, eroded from melting snow, provides 'scenic' lands for tourists and prairie ecosystems for bison. The socio-political distinction between actors has...

  15. Palmnameh : the epic of the palm tree in Los Angeles

    Quraishi, Alaa (Alaa Zuhra)
    The Palm Tree of Los Angeles is it's own entity. It is spelled with a capital P and T. It is also inherently contranymic. (A contranym is defined as a word with two opposite meanings.) Although referred to as "tree," it biologically is not. It is a monocot, similar to grass. Although it is completely embedded into the making of Los Angeles, it is not native to the city at all. Different palm trees from around the world, along with their stories, have participated in constructing myths continuously perpetuated in and by Los Angeles. Current myth making, however, perpetuates a...

  16. The world is a window

    Panossian, Robert
    "We were searching for ourselves in each other." - Sergei Parajanov Straddling the border between the continents of Europe and Asia, the South Caucasus, the name referring to the geographical region that stretches from the Black Sea to the Caspian has played an important role in connecting peoples. Traversed by a great chain of mountains rising to a height of 18,000 feet, it was used by merchants as the only way to reach the Middle East from Europe by land [Kilyakov]. Today, we know the South Caucasus as a collection of three nations: Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Former Soviet socialist...

  17. Transforming the waterfront

    Silén Rivera, Jorge Andrés
    OUR relation with nature develops from an early age. The built environment, the food we eat and the pictures we see nurture and influence our ways of inhabiting the landscape and how that landscape inhabits our imagination and our conception of place. How we experience nature during the course of our lives inevitably shapes our understanding of it. In the Caribbean, the overall colonial history reveals patterns of settlement around the waterfront which function as physical formulations for social segregation and reclusiveness, disregarding public access and mixing. Whether for military purposes, or as a result of an economy heavily based...

  18. "Settle in the bare desert and cause it to bloom."

    Nguyễn, MỹDung T. (MỹDung Thi)
    This is an imaginary for the town of Allensworth, an unincorporated community of about 600 inhabitants in the Central Valley of California, located 50 miles from both the city of Visalia in the north and the city of Bakersfield in the south. Based on a series of historic oral and written interviews and through informal conversations with inhabitants, the narrative is told by multiple voices across time to recover the past, understand the present, and project to a future environment in which the township will continue to develop. Proposed within the shaping of this "future" environment is the Saltbush Collectives,...

  19. Collective Home Office

    Lynch-Lloyd, Mary (Mary Patricia); Ngan, Ching Ying; Shopova, Maya
    Collective Home Office is a collaborative practice whose working process tests the propositions it makes through architecture. As a group of friends, willing test subjects, a union of producers, a jury, a family, or an army, CHO explores the frictions and benefits of collectivity in both method and content. The three words that form its name provide a framework through which the practice engages with its context, questioning how the meanings of collective, home and office have been historically shaped. Targeting the agents most implicated in defining the current moment, namely the proto-state corporations, platforms and institutions that constitute Big...

  20. Renaissance of the ramp : reconceptualization of National Assembly's architectural symbolism and accessibility

    Lee, Jae Yong, M. Arch Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    This thesis examines the architectural potential through the functional extension of the plaza and reconstruction of the symbolic National Assembly to answer questions. Creating a space of ramps will heighten perceptions of accessibility of the National Assembly. The plaza becomes the place of communication as it establishes a new relationship between the space of the ramp and the National Assembly. Today, the perception of the National Assembly in Seoul, Korea is as an authoritarian and inaccessible space. The large plaza in front of the building is only accessible if one passes the security check; as a result, normal citizens rarely...

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