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Architecture is a profession that sits on the edge of the creative tradition and the hard sciences. This is something that is intuitively known as architects routinely balance understanding human behavior while developing creative and functional spaces. In the case of this project, the idea of art and science co-mingling has produced a hybrid approach to solving a scientific inquiry with the methodologies of art. The study strives to document people inhabiting a space, relating to each other’s presence, and rendering their interactions in an artistic and intuitive way. To achieve this, a program was developed for capturing the movements of actors and abstracting their interactions into an interactive art piece…
The Natural world is one that is neither stable nor permanent, and the built world by contrast is often thought of as its opposite, concrete and stubborn. These two opposing environments have served as the inspiration for the architecture I have studied and as the focal point of my artwork regarding nature and the built environment. However, to say that I am interested in the differences between the natural world and the man-made one would be misleading. Even when compared semantically “natural” and “man-made” are two words that are not necessarily opposed…
In our current digital age access is everything. The internet has provided us with the expectation that information can now be within reach at a moment’s notice, and this expectation is slowly creeping into aspects of our world outside of the purely digital.
Archizoom’s No stop city is a proposed dystopian conclusion to consumer-driven architectural development. In No stop city, the box store is the template applied to the entirety of occupiable space, resulting in the endless interior, a space that is so all-encompassing that it defines even the horizon. The project conveyed this notion of uniform regulated space in a series of drawings and installations in the nineteen sixties and seventies that expressed the group’s general discontentment with the homogenizing effects that capitalism was having on the world around them. These drawings included endless architectural column grids that wash over natural landscapes, perverse depictions of consumerist products artificially populating these spaces, and dystopic depictions of the alleged gridded falseness of a system that claims to be natural. What is perhaps most disconcerting is that the group insists that we are living in this world and not even aware of it. This is perhaps the most significant attribute of No-Stop City. Because it never ends, it would be impossible to recognize one was living in it.
Densifying central city districts are often pointed out as hotbeds for gentrification, a term for development that implies a displacement of lower-income communities for the benefit of high- and middle-income groups. This pushing out effect often occurs due to rising property values, which in turn drive up property taxes and rents thus pricing out the previous homeowners and tenants. The phenomenon has been identified in several major cities, but in this paper, we will be looking at the unique circumstances that surround the phenomenon in the context of Austin, Texas. We will then move on to identify some of the major related factors that have set the stage for this problem, and then offer some suggestions for how both policy and practice can help address these issues in the specific context of a north Austin neighborhood that is in danger of being gentrified.
An exploration of how architecture has emerged from the natural environment and has then redefined what was natural, to begin with. The nuance of this relationship is one that I attempt to dissect from within and then offer some examples of how this seemingly subconscious sensibility has manifested itself in the built environment.