Continuous Entropy

The present day will at some time in the future become the past, and the future will become the past of a time beyond. Conservative preservation practices fail to see this greater timeline. The maintenance of buildings in their original state, or in a constant state within their lifecycle determined to be their forever form, is ultimately unsustainable and immediately environmentally irresponsible. If we universally attempted to freeze the past, and future generations did the same with buildings from today, we would experience ever outward expanding boundaries of historic districts and continue to build new structures invading into natural environments.

The motivation behind preserving buildings is flawed as well; it is in moments when we see life and death together that we feel the greatest emotional connection and wonder with the past. Adaptively reusing buildings creates spaces with both greater physical engagement and provoked interest in uncovering stories than spaces roped off from use and further decay.

This thesis illustrates this argument through a drawing performance that exhibits the potential of a more welcoming attitude towards decay by expediting centuries of its occurrence through rapid destruction and rebuilding of drawings. The intention of the work is to reposition the audience's perspective of a space from where it sits between their current past and future to consider the implications of preservation attitudes over the course of generations.

Moments of tension between old and new are identified as the most valuable material in a space while surrounding portions of the building are more freely reworked. Mapping each layer of this reuse will reveal a cycle of shearing layers—one not determined by material durability but by the richness of juxtaposition between generations.