Maintenance,
collective care & meddling


This thesis section is about building relationships beyond project boundaries, asking how we as architects can intentionally develop the relational nature of what we design and build. Through considerations of maintenance and care, commoning, reciprocity and interdependence, we have been asking one another to expand the role of designer to include that of instigator and facilitator, defining architecture as a system of interactions. Looking into existing systems for loopholes, considering less traditional models as possibilities, we are not looking to avoid our current reality but rather, in the words of our colleague Ann Lui, to “expose a latent, possible reality.”

The projects in this section investigate the following questions:
How does architecture exist in relation to the world in which we are situated?
What kind of reciprocal relationships can a building have with the land, cultural context, friends and neighbors?
How can architecture better connect us with place and time, over time?
Can architecture mediate our relationships with place? one another? other species?
Do architects have a responsibility to question our relationship to capital? to the public? to social responsibility?
What is your proposal questioning? What do you accept? What do you challenge?
How do you measure success?
What do you love about architecture?
Faculty Advisor:
Gina Reichert