Authors/Contributors

Daniel Lin

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

Spring 5-2016

Degree

M.ARCH I

Keywords

architecture, form, part-to-part, oma, milstein hall

Language

English

Disciplines

Architectural History and Criticism | Interior Architecture | Other Architecture

Description/Abstract

A certain Chinese encyclopedia wrote: Animal are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor (b) embalmed (c) tame (d) sucking pig (e) sirens (f ) fabulous (g) stray dogs (h) included in the present classification (i) frenzied (j) innumerable (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush (l) et cetera (m) having just broken the water pitcher (n) that from a long way off look like flies. –– Jorge Louis Borges

Jorge Louis Borges’ list of animals supposedly drawn from his fictional Chinese Encyclopedia the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, highlights the potent absurdities and lacunae to be identified in any taxonomic system.

This thesis speculates that architectural form-making flows not only from geometric or programmatic precepts but also from an ever fluctuating understanding of part-to-part relationships that resists any easy attempts at categorization. Following the historical precedent set by OMA’s Milstein Hall this thesis investigates Rem Koolhaas’ formal, programmatic and rhetorical transgressions to reveal the slippery nature of the relationship between form and content in architecture.

This thesis speculates on the contingencies inherent in such slipperiness to arrive at another Milstein Hall.


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