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Spatial manifestations in pluralist cultures : the case of the Isleta de San Juan

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dc.contributor.advisor William L. Porter and Sibel Bozdoğan. en_US Crichfield, Heather, 1968- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US 2011-08-30T15:38:52Z 2011-08-30T15:38:52Z 2000 en_US 2000 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 75-78). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the complicity of architecture with structures of power and dominant ideological agendas in society, which implicates architecture in the political project. I look specifically at the Isleta de San Juan, Puerto Rico as the subject for this investigation. Primary to my discussion are the manifestations of cultural identity in space. I call particular attention to Puerto Rico's need to articulate cultural identity in the face of dominant economico-political ideologies and I discuss existing productive tensions that might help feed a design process of resistance. I re-examine notions of cultural identity currently attached to existing spaces within the isleta by challenging the latent socio-spatial assumptions made in architecture, in order to reveal alternative possibilities for the production of architecture. I have focused on two ways that power defines and impacts architecture: capitalism and historical rationality. I propose that more important than style is how we conceptualize space and how that conceptualization might affect our built environment through a reformed process of design. This thesis connects this inquiry to contemporary cultural and architectural critique as well as historical analysis. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Heather Crichfield. en_US
dc.format.extent 78 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Spatial manifestations in pluralist cultures : the case of the Isleta de San Juan en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 47865804 en_US

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