Staged Evolution

dc.contributor.authorBorowiec, Gabriela Annaen
dc.contributor.committeechairZellner Bassett, Paola A.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMangual, Isaac Alejandroen
dc.contributor.committeememberPritchett, Christopher Brianen
dc.description.abstractArchitecture has the power to reveal the complexities of man in nature through the degree of control in the process of form making. This process offers the opportunity to create different physical and psychological experiences dependent on its articulation. This is a study that explores the introduction of chance into the making process. Through a series of model studies, I explored how basic platonic solids, more specifically cube define spatial boundaries and how asymmetrical space could challenge its regularity and symmetry. Through chemical reactions randomized organic cavities were achieved that exposed contrast between regular exterior form and irregular interior form. This visual accent is embedded in irregular forms and is unrepeatable. The act of making exposes the intricate patterns created that replicate nature and the manifestation of material decay. With this in mind, as part of my thesis, I would like to apply the above discoveries into an observation tower. The orthogonal prisms, once deconstructed, draw attention to newly generated cavities and decay, revealing different conditions throughout from where visitors can enjoy views of Mallacoota's landscape.en
dc.description.abstractgeneralNature offers diverse design elements that architects can tap into to enhance human habitation. Building materials play a vital role in shaping visual and structural design in the built environment. Through the act of making, the process revealed the question of aesthetics in architecture through intricate forms and how architectural principles of spatial qualities interplay in creating inhabitable environments. As a part of the climate change investigation, I explored different production methodologies for visualizing the climatic crisis. This research investigates the nature of irregularity resulting from the subtraction of a platonic form. The deterioration process questions whether existing climatic changes are caused by nature or result from man-made actions. Intricate openings captured within defined geometrical boundaries trace the absence of the dissolved material, revealing that components introduced and their chemical reactions can build forms for people to inhabit. By leveraging the site and model studies, the proposed program addresses the local context, climate predictions, and scale and explores architecture performance in varying global warming conditions in the form of the observation tower.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectClimate Changeen
dc.titleStaged Evolutionen
dc.typeThesisen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Architectureen


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