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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Architecture

Degree Type

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Year Degree Awarded

2013

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

Public Space, Architecture, Urban, Fashion, Portland Maine

Abstract

This thesis challenges the way we design and inhabit urban public space. This architectural thesis project envisions a new public space. A framework for expression: a place where people physically create the spaces around them through architectural manipulation and expression of ideas, art and performance. The framework is inspired by translating the principles of garment design into architectural strategies: joinery, materiality, structure, response, and adjustability. As the architecture changes, so do the programs and ways of expressing. The site of this exploration is on the coast of Maine, in the city of Portland; acting as a gateway into the city from the ocean, as well as a connector, bridging the Downtown and East End districts. The concept is explored by creating architecture for an urban public space through architectural strategies that respond to the people, site, and city that promotes expression, gathering, and becomes a physical connection to the city. By implementing a framework for expression in a urban public setting, people will be able to communicate through architecture by changing the physical spaces that surround them. Individual expression spurs the connection of people. The connection of people spurs the connection of a city. And, ultimately a city with meaningful connections, both physical and otherwise, will develop a more socially engaged society.

First Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

Second Advisor

Max Page

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