Thesis Project. Summer 2019 at The Cooper Union, New York, NY
Thesis Coordinator: Michael Young, Anya Bokov
Thesis Advisor: Austin Wade Smith
Thesis: Intimate Plastics
Living in a symbiosis with plastics
We are intimately close to plastics. In architecture, they contribute to our fundamental sensory experience of a building by controlling the interior climate through invisible layers and elements between structure and enclosure. Plastics negotiate the boundary between nature and culture. We become both protected and entrapped by this impermeable material. By misusing ordinary plastic components, this thesis project challenges the intimate feelings of domesticity, constructed by myths of hygiene and comfort. A set of interventions in a typical suburban house fosters a precarious relationship with rainwater. These attached parasites create a new entanglement between architecture and environment.