[ Drawing Not To Scale ]

[ Drawing Not To Scale ] , at its core, is an examination of the deep diagram of architecture.  It is an experiment involving multiple aspects of the discipline, all interested in a deeper analysis of fundamental relations that are often taken for granted or hidden within the lines of the architect’s plans.  The thesis offers another view of the Form vs Function argument, called “Neofunctionalism”, to establish its operating terms and boundaries.  The inherent driving biases within formalism, and the currently incomplete definition of ‘function’, frame these paradigms like natural enemies, but in reality, they are inevitably intertwined, much more deeply.

Neofunctionalism proposes that functional design is not purely based upon efficiency, but includes the considerations of rhetoric, emotion, and the unknown.  In each of these stages, both reinforce the other.  This understanding allows spatiality to be relieved of its dependencies on geometry and scale (traditional “form”), rather focusing entirely on the possibilities of relational structuring.  Form is function.  Function is form.

Through Neofunctionalism, the thesis aims to provide an examination of interscalar (or even ex-scalar) relationships and relational thinking in the built environment.  It aims to provide composite constructions that may uncover the relationships we take for granted within our living spaces, the American house, and the American city, providing hidden paradigms for how the house and city should work together.  It downplays physical scale, because that spatial articulation provides us with what is known, what is safe, what is standard, but not necessarily what is most effective to the breadth of our lived experience.

Therefore, the most apt traveling companion or warning may be considered either an architect’s nightmare, or dream: [ Drawing Not To Scale ]
Faculty Advisor:
Perry Kulper