Daniel Marshall

Department of Architecture

Unmaking Architecture | Holding Patterns for Misfit Matter

This project provides techniques for arranging materials after the demolition and unmaking of architecture. Rather than down cycling concrete into low value aggregate, melting float glass into opaque bottles or grinding up street trees into mulch, methods are shown for this material to be indexed, re-machined and re-arranged into new assemblies. These assemblies are conceived of as holding patterns; an indexed library of materials that are put into useful architectural arrangements, but ready to be disassembled towards some future use.

While recycling is typically understood as a way to perpetually re-make the material world exactly as we know it, the thesis proposes different narratives and motives for re-arranging material debris of contemporary construction. Rather than building for sixty-year life spans, the project offers an imagination of constructions that can learn from the carcass of past buildings. Set against the trillion tons of concrete poured on the planet, the thesis begins to develop new aptitudes for re-fitting the inevitable future piles of debris rather than consuming ever more.

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