Master of Architecture II Thesis 2013

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Expanding Boundaries

Professor: Diana Agrest
Instructor: Lydia Xynogala
 

This is a critical moment for the re-thinking of the object of architecture with a critical approach to architectural discourse, questioning the very boundaries of architecture itself. The work produced in the Advanced Design Studio studio, while exploring specific problems, simultaneously addresses the question of the place and relevance of the problem within architectural discourse. 

Without prescribed boundaries, the projects address a myriad of critical issues affecting architectural discourse, ranging from urban theory to the present condition of globalization and the continual emergence of new scientific developments and technologies. The thesis projects presented here culminate the graduates’ year-long exhaustive research, using texts, photography, drawing, technology, science and history to develop innovative programs, all of which feature configurations and narratives that bring forth potential solutions that may not be, at first, obvious to the viewer. 

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