Architecture, Americanism, Identity, Route 66, Built Environment
Architecture is actively crafting reality, culture, and identity. It is simultaneously constructed from and constructing meaning. Route 66 exists as an American invention, ruin, and manifestation of American Identity. The objects on the route sit innocently on the landscape, covering their complex histories and power networks that lead back to the dominant government administration.
Alternate Americanisms shows the agency of architectural objects in creating new realities, identities, and histories.
The game explores how every single decision changes the entire built landscape. It reflects and translates alternate histories to project alternate versions. It examines the relationship between meaning and architecture, identity and the built environment. It tells the history of objects in the built landscape and allows for understanding and speculation. Each game plays out differently and parallels the frameworks of our reality to create endless Alternate Americanisms.
Arne, Ella, "Alternate Americanisms" (2019). Architecture Thesis Prep. 383.
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