New York City / 2012
An Achitectural Thesis Proposal
The Invisible Man
This thesis' work will research and explore how the hierarchal nature of cultures is threaded through many different aspects of urban life: architecture will be the predominant tool used to decode these systems.
In all hierarchal structures there is a power dynamic involved - this is often in confluence with capitalistic ideas of scarcity. Ultimately creating “have and have not” social systems. This can be extended to other minority subsets of the population like race, class, and gender. Observing the line between visibility and invisibility will provide me with a better understanding of the limitations in architecture.
An architect’s role is often malleable, meaning to some they represent ultimate authority while others not. Within the context of this thesis I will explore power dynamic and how it relates to larger societal issues. Could an architect hasten this process of assimilating through public space? As power is shifted through cultures how will this effect architecture? What will the new "norm" look like? Finding the answers to these questions is not simple, but through the means of architectural design, steps can made toward a new, more inclusive, understanding of our built environment.
The drawings and model represent first drafts of physical notion of this concept. The pieces show an architectural installation in New York City. This draft proposes a module that can be strategically placed to create porousness and accessibility in an urban setting to promote interaction between inhabitants and help the city regain a sense of a cohesive environment.