labyrinth IIIII / m.arch thesis

2013: M.Arch Thesis
title: labyrinth IIIII
thesis committee advisors: Mark Anderson, Lisa Iwamoto, Roddy Creedon and Gary Black

The object of this thesis is to study the relationship between diagrams as a spatio-temporal multiplicity and the dialectic of labyrinth typologies deployed within the context of an urban setting. The project investigates the conditions generated by the dichotomy between two programmatic elements: a public space and a space of confinement and involuntary restraint. It considers issues of confrontation at moments of conceptual, physical and experiential intersection and connectivity between the two systems within an urban context. This thesis will provoke social issues of alienation and prisoner reform through the intended and expected confrontations and reciprocity between the two programs/spaces.

The objective is to design a system of labyrinths within the context of an urban setting to operate both as a public space and a space of confinement and involuntary restraint. The project engages conditions of the site – implied geometries, infrastructure, movement, light and water – to articulate access and circulation. While the programs are physically divided from one another – the prison and the park space that surrounds it – the users experience moments of visual and aural intersection and interaction to both heighten and dissolve distinctions between the two conditions.

The system will position itself as a disorienting maze of ambiguity and of “reorientation, from rational, functionalist society to one that is liberated and self-inventing.”1 The intended result is a contemplative state of consciousness for its users.

1 “CONSTANT VISION.” LEBBEUS WOODS, n.d. http://lebbeuswoods.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/constant-vision/.

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