Evoke a Memory Through Architecture
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Memories are often triggered by the presence of physical artifacts. When artifacts are replaced, the contemplation of a history attached to the artifacts tends to fade or even disappear. In an urban context, it often means that buildings and spaces which are the record of a culture are substituted with buildings and spaces that are disconnected from tradition in favor of a fast paced economy. China is the prime example of the largest and fastest urbanization over the past two decades. While it dramatically transformed most cities and suburban areas into modern urban organizations, large amounts of beautiful local architectures disappeared. This thesis proposes that architecture - no matter at what time is built - has the potential to embody a historic dimension and memories when seeking a symbiosis of traditional materials and modern technologies. The project here is a vehicle to seek memory to be evoked by the spatial scale and familiar materials without compromising modern requirements and conveniences.
General Audience Abstract
Memories fade out when old things being replaced by new things. This is a common phenomenon that happens constantly in today's fast-paced world. Technological progress of construction increases the speed of urbanization, however, it erases good old memories in the same speed simultaneously. Take China as an example, the largest and fastest urbanization in the past two decades dramatically transformed most cities and suburban areas into modern appearances. Large amount of beautiful local architectures disappeared. This thesis explores ways to preserve those good memories through integrating traditional materials and modern technologies. Guests' memory will be evoked by experiencing the spatial scale and old materials while still having a modern lifestyle in a hotel.
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