Date of Award

8-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Architecture

Major

Architecture

Major Professor

John M. McRae

Committee Members

Katherine A. Ambroziak, Liz Teston

Abstract

Architecture is an inherently political endeavor. As such, designers should carefully consider the spatial dialogue that the built environment creates between those who control spaces and those who use them. In times of crisis, this dialogue often ceases to be an equal exchange, pushing users’ needs aside and exerting authority in the most expedient way possible.

This thesis proposes that amidst settings of conflict, hyper-responsive architectural systems can counteract landscapes of authority by returning spatial agency to users. As the means of providing such a system, oil rigs should be repurposed as a network of deployable crisis response hubs.

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