architecture, part to whole, high rise, society, relationships, identity, community, single family, housing
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Other Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Architecture has the power to structure societal relationships. Specifically, architecture's form can bring the balanced relationship between community and individual identity, as exhibited in vernacular single-family homes, to the housing tower. This thesis plans to achieve such a social orchestration through a nuanced understanding of formal part-to-whole relationships, or "differentiated" parts within the whole, exhibited in a 300' housing tower in Seattle, WA.
By carefully balancing the relation, material, scale, and form of each part, this project will achieve this difficult whole (of differentiated parts). Mining this middle ground will produce a housing tower in Seattle, which actively balances the identities of both its larger community and its distinct individuals, confirming the social potential of architecture's form making strategies.
Bransky, Josh, "It's Not Easy Being Whole | Reevaluating the Relationship of Part Whole in Pursuit of a New High-Rise Vernacular" (2016). Architecture Senior Theses. 332.
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