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control “x,y,z”

project type: academic

UIC SoA Fall 2014 | Kelly Bair + Thomas Kelley

The task of the introductory studio is to gain control over one’s knowledge of architecture as a discipline as well as the technicalities necessary for its production. The studio will question conventional orientations, organizations, and architectural roles within a generic cartesian system: the x, y and z axis. Each exercise centers on a specific axis (x, y, or z). The studio situates itself at the intersection of cartesian and non-euclidean geometries and seeks to unpack their historical and future potential in the form of projective geometry (drawing) and advanced computation (modeling) by isolating and then recomposing the axial space within which they are produced. I selected the butterfly profile to create my forms.

Last House

In the “last house” portion of this studio, we have been given a site—Graceland cemetery in Chicago—and program. Our program was to be selected from common cemetery program types, with new interactions informed by our work in the x, y and z exercises. I chose to develop a mausoleum/columbarium, and utilize the program to accomplish what my drawing projections were doing for my forms in the previous exercises, provide my viewer/occupant with the privileged view of my form. A labyrinth composed of the relocated memorials and headstones from my site forces the viewer to experience 360˚ views of my form before placing them at the privileged focal point. The mausoleum is intended to have been aggregated over time, each generation adding a mausoleum on top of the previous structure.

  • date completed - 2014