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The Thesis ︎︎︎
A Collection of Things* challenges the homogeneous typological processes of living and instead implements non-normative and provocative architectural experiences that can continuously challenge typological profiles of architecture. Moving mechanical characters posited in the non-zoned region of the LA River near the stereotyped suburbs of South Gate, CA promote user agency through architectural adaptability with the desire of never really creating a new building “type”. This thesis challenges the process of classification and instead provides a more inclusive system of design that is meant to prioritize difference, uniqueness, and social precarity.

Main Argument(s) ︎︎︎ Typology & Suburbia!

A Site in Suburbia!

From Objects to Things*
The Things* are first simply objects. Floor, wall, and roof systems, circulation parts , and walking mechanisms make up the collection all constructed to enable for varying interpretations, activities, and experiences.  

Some Things*
While all derived from various formal elements and building parts they are built without prescription. Each allow for user agency inside and out; both with the movement of the Things* and the types of activities that take place within. 

A Mechanical Migration
At any given time the Things* can be in any type of configuration or state of activity. Mechanical systems enable for this movement and try to assist in the adaptation of space and interactions. 

A Series of Instances...
Each of the following instances begins to try and express varied states of  configuration of Things* . While at certain times specific activities may be underway... this doesn’t mean others couldn’t be happening at other times! 

A Little More Detail...
These instances provide material and technical details as to the condition of the Things* and their allowable activities. While in most spaces domesticity is blurred between more private/public activities, others provide varied conditions of space and how they COULD be used!

The End?
While this thesis begins to address the intracacies and complexities of Typologies in Architecture (as well as other topics for that matter) alongside the current conditions of public space... it is in no way an answer to the problems we face in the built environment. 

More important than not this thesis looks to challenge what we know, how we think, and the way in which our conversations can begin to reshape the way we live and why we live it. 

I’m grateful to have explored topics of interest that I knew nothing about and design Things* that could potentially provide a more equitable, inclusive, and provocative architectural experience!



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