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Sampling the City

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dc.contributor.advisor Twose, Simon Evans, Morgan 2019-04-24T00:17:59Z 2019-04-24T00:17:59Z 2019 2019
dc.description.abstract This thesis developed a speculative design process that sits between two streams of contemporary discourse. On one side lies ‘projective’ architecture—characterised by the elevation of performance and rejection of criticality—which draws from Somol & Whiting’s divisive paper “The Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism” (Somol & Whiting, 2002). This model can be used to describe the contemporary work produced by international firms such as OMA and BIG (Spencer, 2016). On the other side are contemporary critiques of this model: broad denunciations that the rejection of critical engagement has failed to deliver on its promises of providing architecture an increased sphere of influence. Douglas Spencer argues that architecture has been made complicit in the perpetuation of existing power structures, saying the projective project has been “worked over until it can be put to work for new-liberalism” (2016). This thesis investigated sampling as a method of design that could confound the market logic that Spencer sees at the core of the projective project, whilst still leaning upon several core tenets that were originally proposed in Somol & Whiting’s 2002 paper, namely: A shift from the index to diagram, and a belief that a projective architecture is capable of generating alternative social/spatial relationships. To engage with this topic a design as research method will be employed. Murray Fraser describes design research as a method of inquiry where a series of architectural projects are placed in partnership with more general research activities (2013, p. 1). This thesis was structured around projects at three scales: installation, domestic, and urban. These inquiries formed the backbone of the thesis, each stage informing the next. The installation investigated the diagram as the generator of form, whilst the domestic scale focussed on the manipulation of urban form into new structures. Finally, at the public scale, the diagrammatic techniques of scaling and superposition (Eisenman, 1999) were used to tease form and program from a rigorous site analysis. In conclusion my design research investigated the technique of sampling and positioned it in relation to contemporary architectural discourse. Through a series of scaled inquiries, the sample was used as a tool to engage with site, program, and the design process. These inquiries demonstrated the potential of sampling as a method of disrupting the smoothness of the projective, via the injection of outside data into the architectural project. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Sampling en_NZ
dc.subject Sample en_NZ
dc.subject Architecture en_NZ
dc.title Sampling the City en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Architecture en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Architecture (Professional) en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow modifications en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow commercial use en_NZ 2019-02-22T14:36:32Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120101 Architectural Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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