An erratic act : a solo descent into an altered landscape
Author(s)Ahmed, Ammar,M. Arch.Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Solo descent into an altered landscape
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
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An erratic, in geology, is a rock that differs in shape and size from those native to its location, often moved by glaciers over significantly large distances. The rock is deposited in a new location when the carrying ice melts and leaves it in its wake. It is matter out of place, but somehow of the place. An erratic bears a curious likeness to Architecture-often an artifact from outside, carried on a commission. The site of inquiry is a recently decommissioned granite quarry on coastal Maine, in the small town of Stonington. If things take their usual course, the old quarry is up for either a reclamatory cover-up or abandonment. The thesis considers the afterlife of this altered landscape through the workings of a singular, external agent, an architect, or more appropriately, a student of the discipline. It's a staging of solo acts in the wake of an extractivist history with its own numerous actors and stakeholders. What does it take to create a room for one's self in this abandon, and more fittingly perhaps in Architecture? The thesis embodies authorship as a temporality, whereby works are often generated in series, or in parallel between different mediums, and offers a critique of its methods through their accumulation.
Thesis: M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Page 312 blank.Includes bibliographical references (page 311).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology