Instruments of service
Author(s)Lee, Stephanie(Stephanie Suejeong); Shakespear, Ellen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Azra Aksamija and Marie Law Adams.
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Instruments of Service are defined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as "representations, in any medium of expression now known or later developed, of the tangible and intangible creative work performed by the Architect." This thesis argues that the current instruments of service do not provide the scaffolding necessary to realize the ethical obligations as defined by the AIA. As cities change, architecture's fundamental obligations, as defined by AIA code of ethics, are threatened. To remain ethical, this thesis argues that the instruments of service must expand. This thesis explores the gap between architecture's obligations and its instruments of service against the backdrop of one such changing city: Boston. We begin with an investigation of the Seaport, one of the most rapidly changing neighborhoods within the city. We use this site as an opportunity to understand how a variety of architects and planners have positioned themselves and how they offer their services to a project that champions a new future for the city of Boston. Against this backdrop, we propose a new method and attitude of practice. We tested this proposed practice for a period of nine months on the ground in Boston and Cambridge. Specifically, we converted four unused sites into artist and community space-our involvement spanning from site identification to policy recommendations to daily operations. This thesis documents parts of that practice. Overall, this thesis is a suggestion and a real world test of one way architects can operate as instrumental shapers of the future of their city.
Thesis: M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, (For Stephanie Lee and Ellen Shakespear), 2019Thesis: M.C.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, (For Ellen Shakespear), 2019"Submitted to the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Architecture For Stephanie Lee and Ellen Shakespear and the Master in City Planning For Ellen Shakespear." Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-172).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architecture., Urban Studies and Planning.