Friday, December 12, 2008

Updated Outline

After I digested the comments my colleagues made on Saturday and an entire semester of readings, this is an updated Outline.

-site, program, thesis statement, and thanks
-framing global changing conditions
The world population is exploding and with it cities around the world are speedily growing, most of that growth happening in the informal sector. Among the largest challenges to architects in the near future is the need to find the right tools to be effective in this volatile and ever changing context.
-architecture as mediator
It is the role of the built environment itself to mediate these conditions, helping provide both the frames that allow for both basic services and a grounding in place with the tools and architectural language for change and self-organization. Along with new forms we need a new practice.
-this thesis...
is about: a list things this thesis deals with.
is not about: because of the context of this site I have to make sure to say what this thesis is not about. I have seen too many projects in non-formal contexts be derailed by jury conversations of poverty. A worthy issue to discuss, but not one I want to to burden this thesis with, the work will hopefully speak for itself.

-design in the age of ambiguity: frames to control new conditions
Looking at landscape urbanism discourse a way to deal with ever-changing demographics, broken agencies, low budgets, and generally unforeseen and unexpected conditions.
-expanding the field: design beyond the object
Looking at peripheral emerging practices as a way to look at how design strategies developed to control change can be infused with political, social, and economic agency to try to fill the gaps that formal infrastructures are not.
.-frame and infill: an analytical lineage
a closer look at some of the sources and precedents.

-geographies of conflict
A short analysis of the geographic conditions and the conflicts residing in each.
-environmental considerations
How the physical, climatic, and environmental pressures on the site can help the design of the frame.
-cataloguing personal experience: programs, materials, and methods
How the personal experiences in programs, materials, and other experiences already in the site can help the design of the infill.

-developing design agenda
-developing social agenda
-moving forward



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