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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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Successful architecture is an engagement of space that fosters learning and growth. It is the space in which we are drawn away from the distractions around us, allowing us to focus on the present. It offers the opportunity to not only learn and grow relationships, but also to rehabilitate broken and fractured ones. Through this learning and growth, we become better understanding and loving toward each other. Thus, architecture stands as a true mediator of the relationships that exist around the world. Architecture is not exclusive toward human to human engagement. Architecture can extend beyond the understanding of human and engage many species such as canines. This thesis proposes to investigate a cross-species architecture serving to rehabilitate broken and fractured interspecies relationships. Focusing on one of the strongest human-interspecies relationships to exist, this thesis will conduct research-based design on the human and dog relationship. Although the human and dog relationship are one of the stronger cross-species relationships, there remains complex and fractured components. For example, in many aspects across homeless and stray dogs, the human and dog relationship has vii become one that is extremely broken and fractured. This thesis proposes to take an in depth look at the historical context and the present human-canine relationship and understanding how architecture can be used to grow the relationship. In allowing cross-species architecture to act the mediator in rehabilitating the fractured components of the human and dog relationship, the level of learning and growth within the human and dog relationship can reach new heights.


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Caryn J. Brause

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Architecture Commons