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Critical Color: the Use of Color in Nature for Energy Performance and Its Application to Building Skins
This thesis investigates how color could be used as a tool for energy performance. Color in Nature is not used as decoration to be applied to form. It is indeed selected and varied in response to varying physical constraints in nature. Color in Nature is integral to the survival of plants and animals. The objective of the ...
A Graphic History: The Integration of Architecture and Graphic Design to Represent the Evolution of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine Community
Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine is possibly the city's most historic neighborhood. From its German origins to its strong Appalachian and African-American culture, it has had a rich and diverse history. But with recent gentrification, rapid development, and prior neglect, Over-the-Rhine is quickly losing the rich history of its ...
Grange Halls in Washington State: A Critical Investigation of a Vernacular Building Type
The Grange, formally known as the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry, is the oldest farm organization in the United States. At the local level, subordinate granges are typically organized among interested community members, and these groups meet regularly for the purpose of improving social, political, economic and educational ...
Samish Bay Oyster Farm: Overlapping Domains of Landscape and Architecture
A DESIGN INVESTIGATION LOOKING AT BROADER SYSTEMS TO INFLUENCE PROCESSES AT SITE SCALE INTENDING TO INTERRUPT, ALTER, OR ENHANCE SELECTED FLOWS AND ACCRETIONS THROUGH BUILT AND LANDSCAPE INTERVENTIONS.
Vessel of the Voice: A Seattle Oratory
This thesis explores the relationship of the human body to architecture, specifically the human voice to the acoustic of architectural space. It proposes that there is an affinity of the human voice to the architectural void that shapes how we sense our body and inhabit architectural space. The human voice can only be heard ...
From Grain Elevator to Creamery: Reconnecting to the Working Landscape in Silvana, Washington
Our largely urban population is disconnected from rural agricultural landscapes, which distorts our perception of where our food comes from. This results in unhealthy eating habits, and leads to huge energy consumption in transporting food across the globe. By creating a place where connections can be made between the local ...
Adrift on the Pequod, Space out of Time: A Trappist Monastery off the Coast of Santa Barbara
This thesis proposes a Trappist monastery on an abandoned oil rig in the year 2087. Its starting point is a set of dialectics drawn from the character of its landscape and program: sea/sky, earthly/spiritual, space/time, surface/depth, horizon/well. The thesis thus asks: what happens when architecture occupies the liminal ...
Harvesting Encounter: An Interpretive Research Center at Pack Forest
As environmentalists focus on the negative impacts of forestry and the built environment focuses on the sustainable qualities of a renewable resource, wood has become divorced from timber. Harvesting Encounter proposes an interpretive research center at the University of Washington's Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack ...
Adaptive Reuse of New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, Russia: Incremental Development within Historic Fabric
St. Petersburg is unique among Russian cities. It was founded in 1703, during the rise of imperial power in Russia, as Peter the Great's "window to Europe" with a strong naval base for trade opportunities. The historic core of the city is located in the delta of river Neva on a series of islands and has many times been ...
The Urban (in)Formal: Reinterpreting the Globalized City through Deleuze and Guattari
This thesis provides a new definition of globalization within the social and spatial terrains of cities, one that is intricately linked to the growth of "informal urbanism," sub-market economies and the ad-hoc construction of slums. It argues that informality is not anomalous to the otherwise homogenized image of the contemporary ...