CITY RITUAL: ENGAGING TIME, SPACE, AND MATERIAL IN URBAN REORGANIZATION

Open Access
Author:
Zimmerer, Stephen J
Area of Honors:
Landscape Architecture
Degree:
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Charles Timothy Baird, Thesis Supervisor
  • Larry James Gorenflo, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Landscape Architecture
Abstract:
The thesis begins by critiquing landscape architecture and landscape urbanism discourse, using an art historical framework to study how the traditional operative method is entrenched in Modernist ideology. Proposing methodologies by which progressive landscape urbanist frameworks might more effectively be deployed by designers in the urban realm, a series of study sites are selected from China's Pearl River Delta region. Moving from theoretical to experiential study, landscape analysis explores juxtaposition between formal and informal space, the physicality and scale of the Chinese megacity, and patterns of human spatial occupation in the contemporary Chinese city. The work then responds to concerns of time and scale by fabricating machines, armatures, and processes for making urban space that elude spatially fixed approaches to conceiving landscape form. The design work explores a multiplicity of Making processes, fundamentally through parametric design algorithms and digital fabrication but augmented by analog fabrication and representation processes. Through the physicality of each gesture, the work critically examines how the human figure postures itself in relation to landscape and recontextualizes the perceived permanence of architectural intervention. Contextualized in a history of drawing boards and drafting technologies, the thesis generates new problems, solutions, and experiences with the medium of landscape.