Maxwell Rosner

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Spring 5-2016




architecture, figure, structure, representation, infrastructure




Architectural Engineering | Architectural History and Criticism | Architectural Technology | Other Architecture


This thesis contends that in order to sustain its claim to be socially progressive and accessible enterprise, the discipline of architecture must resist the divorce of figure and structure.

Innie/Outie considers Architecture as a simultaneously typological and teleological proposition. Architects exploit typology as a means of classifying, diagramming, and ultimately flattening and iconicizing ideas about Architecture so as to place them within a broader cultural context, thereby making them intellectually accessible to their audiences. By contrast, architects from the advent of Modernism onwards have displayed a critical preoccupation with the discipline’s teleological potential, the creation of form that follows function – a renunciation of authorship, a denial of intuition that pursues an Architecture of transcendence that adheres only to the principles which govern that which is, rather than that which appears to be. These may both qualify as legitimate projects of architecture, but this thesis posits that neither one may supplant the other, lest we contribute to the process of reducing architecture to its own symbol.


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