Master of Architecture II Advanced Design Studio 2016-17 Graduate Thesis Exhibition: A Leap Into the Void

September 14 - September 29, 2017

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Manhattan Density Diagnostic: 2045 – Jacob Lehman

The Master of Architecture II Advanced Design Studio is culminating the 2016-2017 academic year with an exhibition of its graduate thesis work.

Thesis positions the architectural studio as a space for the exploration, experimentation and production of new forms of knowledge and design innovation. In a semester-long endeavor of architectural research, students both negotiate and interrogate a vast range of issues with complex and often contradictory impulses, particular to the advancement of disciplinary knowledge.

Inevitably, it is a leap into the void, an exploration of the uncharted territories where architectural research dwells. A leap into the unknown entails an instance of suspension on the rational to embrace the irrational. This temporary suspension of reason is necessary to challenge the grounds of our architectural clichés.

This "leap" has yielded 13 projects across 5 continents, negotiating erotic desires, social struggles, environmental decadences, paranoid secrecies, material instabilities and political folly. The work is deeply personal and provocative, as many students take their theses "home," to research local conditions in familiar sites all over the world, perpetually confronting questions of tradition, difference and architectural particularity with global concerns.

Opening Thursday, September 14 - 6:30-8:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 7 PM 

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

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