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SHEEHAN-HETTEIX THESIS PRESENTATION August 2008

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TECHNIQUES OF OPERATION Table of Contents Critical Theoretical Parameters Interpretation of Thesis Syllabus 1. 2. PRECIS GENEALOGIES PERFORMATIVE TECHNIQUES PROGRAMMATIC FRAMEWORK Goals & Objectives FIELD OF OPERATIONS SPATIALLY GENERATIVE SOCIALLY PRESSURIZED ENVIRONMENTALLY CHALLENGED POLITICALLY CHARGED 3. PROGRAMMATIC REDEFINITION

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Techniques of Operation Scalar Identities Our intrigue with the ‘Urban Condition’ resides at the level where architecture is a conflation of its external and internal identities. It is an examination of the human experience at different scales. Real-Time Feedback Research is qualified through its application, and thus all applications are potential research. Research is not merely historical compilation, but a dynamic, contextually informed system in and of itself. Consequently there is an ethical imperative to recognize and analyze how a result is an act of informational commodification, and in turn an act of forgetting. Collaborative Pedagogy The urban paradigm is resolved at the scale of architecture through multiple aspects of “architectural production” systematically and concurrently. The architectural condition viewed as a process rather than an end result, needs to be placed in communicative terms with other mindsets (public, critical, etc.) so as to establish a broader and deeper system of feedback. The partnership is representative at one end of this scale, and the general public another end. Advisors, critics and community mediate between these two extremes. Temporal Contextualism Site is not merely a way of placing architecture, it is a means by which to inform it. Historically tradition, often invented or constructed was based on selections and exclusion that gave shape to cultural and social life. How does architecture respond to tradition as a re-presentation of a re-constructed past?

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Précis Interpretation & Adaptation The process of architecture activates not only the site but all of its interconnected feedback systems, be they Urban, Infrastructural, Community, Cultural, Architectural or Political. “It is architecture’s very impression of fixity that makes its manipulation a persuasive tool. In this sense, selective retention and destruction can reconfigure this historical record, and the façade of fixed meanings brought to architecture can be shifted.” Our proposal is an investigative critique of how space, actualized through the built architectural form, preempts not only its utilization, but the interrelation of architectural identities across a range of scales. In a systemic sense, the built form can be construed as a product of information flows. It also functions as a producer and eraser of cultural.

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Interpretation & Adaptation “Buildings and shared spaces can be a location in which different groups come together through shared experience. Collective identities are forged and traditions invented.” Proposed Site Rossville Précis

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Interpretation & Adaptation Genealogies Urban Investigations “Buildings are not political but are politicized by why and how they are built, regarded and destroyed.” “The design and production of architecture is saturated with ideological content.”

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Interpretation & Adaptation Genealogies The documentation of the process, through its transparency, allows future manipulation and adaptation of the design beyond the purview of the schematic, conceptual and the intangible. As the process develops it must ultimately eclipse not only act but the intended effect of architecture. Urban Investigations

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Interpretation & Adaptation A Performance Tool… W I K I mediating architectural language PERFORMATIVE TECHNIQUES

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The site must posses numerous community elements which can be tapped, and engaged with, during the design process. Community Dialog PROGRAMMATIC FRAME

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Field of Operations Spatially Generative The lot itself must be awkward yet not necessarily one of a kind - one which is aesthetically and spatially challenging. Yet this uniqueness cannot be too idiosyncratic in a manner that undermines the potential of the site as a performative model for research and application elsewhere.

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Field of Operations Program Redefined Program which breaks from the modern scope of what “types” of structures can benefit from architectural questions and solutions. How can new interdisciplinary methods be designed to respond to these programs?

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Field of Operations Socially Pressurized The site must contain a certain restlessness or need, a pressure which reflects a broader citywide problem that is recognized by its residents, but not as yet resolved. Contextualism demands of the site urban preservation and accommodation of existing architecture.

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Field of Operations Challenged Environment The site should allow for not merely environmental solutions, but the ability to take an environmental stance on its underlying causes, such as consumerism or city infrastructure.

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Techniques of Operation There should be interest in the site beyond academic boundaries, to the point that the thesis proposal could help support certain real-world proposals or causes, and be qualified at such a scale. The site and its defined contexts must be able to be qualified as valid beyond the specific scope of the solutions found, and be representative of a larger school of architectural process. Politically Charged

Summary: A powerpoint presentation made for introducing our thesis intent to our Studio Critics and Pratt Administration.

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