historic building, architectural typologies, Carnegie libraries, DOMA gallery, Hunsett Museum, Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Art
In direct opposition to whitewashing and absolute preservation, this project exposes the darkening: an array of possible interventions upon a historic building that progressively enrich existing typological experiences to provide groundwork for exploring, reconfiguring, and relearning from architectural typologies overlooked and under-investigated as a result of zeitgeist.
By way of selectively oversaturing spaces with the most fundamental building components of a historical building, Topologies of Historic Typologies addresses how more thoughtful approaches to intervention can concurrently yield [figuratively] modern spaces and visually-taught historic architecture.
Topologies of Historic Typologies considers old, antiquated constructs the foundation for purposeful intervention, capable of disrupting the barrier between the historic and the contemporary by transcending historic values into the present. Whereas postmodernism learns from historic buildings to create anew, this project actively iterates upon historic buildings to expose what is worth learning. Topologies of Historic Typologies values the direct editing of old buildings with new forms to better analyze, understand, and potentially manipulate building typologies and styles of the past.
The purpose of this project is to understand and uncover a building's most fundamental typological qualities, critique historical buildings in a more investigative manner, and ultimately calculate a more valuable, progressive intervention to the historical that is able to enhance and enrich building systems.
Masters, Ian, "Topologies of Historic Typologies: Radical Transformations to Historic Preservation" (2019). Architecture Senior Theses. 434.
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