Fragments to Fluidity

Barbara Aguirre, M.Arch '21


ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Gallery: Directed Design Research

Instructor: Yaohua Wang

The project studies the creation of space driven by formal qualities of the lines. It grapples with this concept at various levels, massing autonomy, program autonomy and circulation autonomy. The project poses the question of how can architecture use a fragmented urban fabric and generate cohesive mobility between the two to achieve a certain degree of fluidity? Can fragmentation of space with a delineated limit, create the opportunities for centralities?

The Santa Monica Pier (SMP) is the setting for this thesis question. The addition to the pier was shaped by the life within and around it. SMP is currently fragmented accessibility wise. Fluidity is brought into architecture in an autonomous way as well as in a behavioral and psychological way. The design was informed by the way people move through the space, shaping the project itself.


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