High Contrast - Masters Thesis
Building Type: Speculative
Location: Non-Local
Class: AR662 - Thesis, University of Michigan
Professor: Adam Fure, Ellie Abrons
Date: Winter 2015

Can the act of drawing the Thing change the Thing?

Although it can be argued the discipline of architecture has classically approached the role of architectural form-making through a lense of objectivity, recently, the role of aesthetic subjectivity has become foregrounded as an avenue for exploration. High Contrast attempts to engage the role of drawing as a methodological and subjective transformer, and offers architecture a way to embrace the subjective and formal qualities of objecthood as a driving discipline.

Traditionally, non-orthogonal or “blobby” architecture has utilized isoparmetric definitions to regulate structure, aperture, and surface articulation. However, through recognition of an objects implicit history as it is transformed by the act of drawing, High Contrast engages and interrogates surface articulation in direct contrast to normative nurbs isoparms. Critically, this project attempts to utilize parametric drawing as an ally to both shape and engage form, and to reengage the relationship of spaces to each other. Through appropriation and transformational drawing, High Contrast attempts to expand the role of objects in architecture and offers agency in both unusual form-making, and through the use of super-graphics as a driver for surface articulation.

High Contrast proposes a series of micro-architectural objects transformed by the very act of drawing and reconstituted to form spaces in an attempt to engage discursive and contemporary boundaries, figural aesthetics and novel formal interactions.

Through leveraging dominant tropes of visual representation as a way to engage and interrogate subjectivity, High Contrast interrogates the very nature of architectural formation and poses questions about the nature of design process.