Order and chaos : articulating support, housing transformation
Author(s)Boehm, William Hollister
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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This thesis presents an exploration on the theme of order and chaos, as a formal and social phenomenon, particularly as it relates to housing. The work stems from an attraction to the messy vitality we find in certain environments (such as back alleys), and searches for an understanding of the relationship that exists between the chaos and the underlying order. Chaos is defined and defended, as a crucial component of our lives in social and urbanistic terms. A parallel interest is revealed in a review of particular 20th century art. Modern housing approaches are critiqued in terms of an order/chaos relationship, and compared to non-western and vernacular precedents. A historic mill site is analyzed, considered for its transformational qualities and housing potential. Formal explorations and a design proposal address issues of housing for transformation in the existing mill buildings and in a new support structure. A design methodology, appropriate to the topic, models and records transformation based on individual's interventions.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1990.Includes bibliographical references (p. 83).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology