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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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Architecture, Music, Interactive, Design, Building, Sound


In February of 2012, alternative rock band OK Go released a music video for their song “Needing/Getting”. The video explores a creative way of playing music, by driving a car through a constructed, choreographed environment. A driving track was set up as a large musical instrument which was “played” by a car. Architects, musicians, and artist are looking for innovative ways to develop active relationships between people, music, and architecture. The traditional passive relationship of these three is static, a design that does not promote interaction or participation. If we consider, behind a performance, there is a great deal of emotion, movement, and energy. The experience of the performance is static; the audience is stationary. My intention with this thesis is to explore strategies of utilizing music in the design to encourage active participation in the sound performing arts.


First Advisor

Caryn Brause

Second Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch