This piece of work is usually required for both professional degrees, Bachelor and Master of Architecture. The results of this widely spread requirement vary from school to school but I believe it is fair to say that, in general, they are not great. The possible causes for this situation are several but in my opinion the main reason is that only some of the students find this academic pursuit easy to understand and follow.
Under the guidance of their thesis advisors MArch students conduct independent research and architectural design over the course of the Thesis Prep and Thesis semesters. By their final presentation most projects strike a specific conversation between these two poles of architectural discourse: The primary objective of all MIT MArch thesis projects is to refine and expand the fields of architectural discourse and practice Collected thesis abstracts are available here.
Documentation of the review day is available here. Town Hall for the New Interior The thesis examines the formal figuration of public space for a new agonistic public sphere within the contemporary condition of the late capitalist city where the space of massive interiors is a given.
With the increasing decline in the city-state's autonomy, Hong Kong's citizens are becoming increasingly aware of its struggles for democracy.
At the same time, Hong Kong is transitioning towards an economy driven by retail and real estate powered by a new private public regime of supplying mobility through its integrated rail property regime.
This new formula for urbanization generates generic forms of residential towers upon interconnected retail podiums, replacing the street with controlled spaces of efficient consumption.
In these new towns, public life exists within these interiors. The civic centers and town hall plazas of the late modernist era in Hong Kong's new towns are no longer relevant in constituting the political public.
The cuter, more comfortable, and more fragmented leisure gardens and al fresco patios of privately owned public spaces can no longer hold an antagonistic and political public imagination.
The thesis proposes a series of monumental civic spaces as a new threshold to the interior across the new towns along parallel to the border of Mainland China and Hong Kong. It is a new town hall that needs to imagine a new form of agonistic public figures that can hold new formats for the political.
Postcards from the Blue Heart: Like the rest of Holland, it is a constructed landscape. The region is facing twin challenges: Certain places retain a historical, urban or cultural significance that transcends their physical or ecological properties; in its embodiment of the Dutch pastoral, the Green Heart has become such a landscape.
The pastoral myth has very real ramifications for the identity of the Randstad, and must be carefully negotiated in any intervention that attempts to change the image or form of the Green Heart. This thesis investigates how new natures can be constructed within the myth of the pastoral, through a study of this Dutch lowland landscape and a design proposal that encompasses the landscape and the architectural scales.
The "Blue Heart" is both a strategic intervention that reinterprets additional water as an economic boon, as well as a building typology that enables farmers to capitalize on this new nature. An Inquiry into Non-Equilibrium Architectural States This project asks how destructive forces can be used for constructive purposes.
It seeks out latent potentials in aggregate materials and forces, situating itself within a dialogue of new landscape methodologies, aggregate material formations, and alternative develop- ment strategies.
From a geological perspective, mass material movements are a method of simultaneous deconstruction and reformation. They are a continuous phase-changing process. While we might view landslides as hazards, this project sees them as opportunities for actuation of a hillside, forming a field or scattering of spatial instruments.
Jasmine Kwak, Living Large: An Alternative Model for Urban Living A house once symbolized the American dream-frequently clustered in tight rows and cul-de-sacs, the single-family dwelling not only represented financial success but stability and hope for the future.
However, as recent generations have come to face more and more economic difficulties, a house has, for many, become more of a liability than a dream. In light of this trend, this thesis seeks to imagine, through architecture, a new kind of American dream: This proposal suggests that rather than continuing to downsize the micro houses that constitute today's solution to the home ownership problem, Americans can once again live large-together.
MEmorial Challenging an archetypal relationship between collective memory and a multitude of traditional memorials, "[ME]morial" presents a new concept in memorial architecture based on the reinterpretation of Freud's and Bergson's ideas of memory.
Contemporary architecture's focus on communal memory has led to the primacy of a single image or rendering. Thus memorial architecture tends to miss opportunities for deeper exploration and individualized experiences beyond simplistic representations of memorialized events or figures.
This thesis project proposes a memorial architecture for victims of the 3. Three spatially different [ME]morials are the starting point for this open-ended project.
The goal of the project is to create a new relationship between individual memory and the individuals, such that each individual will have personalized experiences in each [ME]morial.The Senior Honors Thesis in architecture is typically envisioned and executed entirely as a design project.
It tackles a problem that others have not yet addressed adequately, or it approaches the problem from a new angle. Research into what others have said and done is the essential first step, but. Architectural Model Makers. We do Architectural & Industrial model, We are having experience for more than 15 years, We have a team of members who are always ready to deliver the best to our clients.
And therefore, we continue to contradict ourselves when we present the thesis as the stepping stone for a future architect to project his/her understanding of what architecture is through how he/she believes that it should be practiced by only allowing students to follow one of the possible models of practice, the thesis.
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Thesis Studio, Spring. Thesis Statement: Architecture should not petrify forms, nor should it deny their existence. The existing context and its character should be encouraged to evolve and transform, thus establishing a connected sense of being and a management of environmental change.
Architecture Description/Abstract The deterioration of performance-based learning in contemporary educational practices, fostering one-to-one teaching models, prompts a discussion of the implications of theatricality on design education and the role of performance pedagogy in the architectural discipline.