ELSEWHERE, OR ELSE WHERE? (2018—2019)
A departmental thesis submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture in the Graduate Division of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
This thesis is an architectural fever dream about the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning with the premise that current ideas of Home and Elsewhere are no longer useful, the project wonders how disciplinary tools of architecture can be used to shape new stories about where we are. The project thus situates itself both in literal spaces of Elsewhere and Home (landfills, houses, wilderness, wastelands, campuses, neighborhoods) and in their culturally constructed space (value-embedded narratives that determine whether something belongs, and to whom). Since we construct both narratives through principles of exclusion, Elsewhere is closer to Home than we say. These hybrid spaces—domestic and industrial, urban and hinterland, natural and built—are investigated as found conditions of the Anthropocene and potential sites for new understandings of Place. At stake, if we care to have one, is our disciplinary relevance in choosing how we build.