The Butterfly Effect



There has been a murder of what appears to be the death of “good taste” in Institutional Construction. As a result, there is a simultaneous reconstruction--reconfiguring the urban fabric. Framed as a narrative, this thesis is relayed through a series of events collectively defined as The Butterfly Effect. The thesis explores the logic of institutional assessments by defusing qualities of social justice protocols. A series of questions are introduced to structure a self-critical system, while in a speculation of “reform”, the narrative proposes the inevitable demise of the assessment, by assuming the institution's failure to adhere to protocol. Thus, setting up one narrative within another, regarding the imperfections of reform and the need for reconstruction, and displacement.

Institutions that fail are draped in fabric--cities and neighborhoods alike, linking an interest in fashion, and institutional critique, as they relate to the built environment. Imagine entire neighborhoods draped in fabric, camouflage patterns spanning miles, and landscapes disappearing leaving a quilted nature of textile wonders. While the narrative observes draping as an act of death, it also observes the potential unveiling as life, sharing similar ideas of the end times, typically regarded within spiritual custom as the prophecy, or gospel. Sin is addressed by an ultimate death, and following resurrection. The concept of the “baptism” rings similar to the veil and potential unveiling of the institution, thus displaying a metaphorical rebirthing, new life. The thesis explores margins between the human and divine, and, between justice and the end times. Characters take the likeness of ethereal creatures, while the author engages a gradient of specialization in the work, jumping scales between the human body and the body of a building. The author will consider terms like urban fabric, landscapes, textiles, and camouflage, altering the narrative of the architect, discovering and revealing an in-between, a new breed, for reframing institutions, as we know them. 
Faculty Advisor:
Perry Kulper