architecture, wilderness, cities, reality, paradigm
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Environmental Design | Landscape Architecture | Other Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
This thesis is an experiment to imagine the possible realities that emerge from a redefining of the "idea of wilderness".
Wilderness is an idea.
Its definition is slippery. It is neither a physical place nor a state of being (as the "-ness" suggests). Wilderness is a human construct defined by varying cultural and social attitude. This fluid meaning drove numerous paradigms throughout American history - from eighteenth century romanticism's sublime doctrine to today's environmentalism.
Inspired by past American paradigms, this thesis invents five other wilderness ides that exist as a parallel alternatives to our own. Each produces a representation of a possible manifestation of the reality informed by that paradigm.
Wilderness is inhospitable.
Wilderness is an aesthetic scene.
Wilderness is a site to see and consume.
Wilderness is valuable and at risk.
Wilderness is free of human purpose, utility, or design.
The Isolated Oasis: Wilderness threatens the pleasure garden.
The Opera: A viewing device.
The National Park: Tourism at the wilderness museum.
A Condition at Stake: Management of a fragile ecosystem.
Autonomous yet Altered: An affected landscape left alone to evolve.
The culmination of the five manifestations of alternate realities is a provocation intended to position architects to deign differently in the future as the relationship with wilderness continues to change.
Goraieb, Alyssa, "Other Wildernesses, Other Realities | A Framework for Shrinking Cities" (2016). Architecture Senior Theses. 369.
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