Raisonneur Processio: Voluntary Association and Aleatory Technique
Iscoa Vallecillo, Christa
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Bibliography: pages 182-190
"Honduras is currently experiencing a crisis among the very roots of its socio-cultural structure. Much of the country is overwhelmed by a dark, upsetting reality; one that stems from sentiments of neglect, abuse, and desolation. People are desperately seeking favor from a government long disconnected from them and their needs. These sentiments – endured by the everyday citizen – interestingly enough, also describe the physical quality of the Mayan Ruins located at Copan City, Honduras. The ruins have become a tangible, visual representation, emblematic of the spirits in Honduras. Zeitgeist, which has instigated the manipulation of the arts as an outlet for the creative dissemination of their sentiments – through graffiti street art. This artistic movement continues to grow within the cities of Honduras, and with it, the people are starting to wake up. They demand more from their country. Rebel art has a reputation. Graffiti street art is no different. It has a negative stigma attached to it and the art form is commonly linked to gangs and crime, making it hard for these artists to communicate positively, and effectively, with society through their art. In light of this, the prompting for a larger understanding of the abstract relationship between architectural form and the sociocultural meaning behind public art can take place. This study aims to allow these art forms to exist symbiotically as part of the contemporary Honduran identity and expressive movement, leading to the establishment of cultural spaces that serve as outlets of expression. This thesis seeks to explore how architectural spaces can contribute to, and heighten the social ecosystem – designing spaces where culture lives and thrives, becoming a local hub, supported by the existing cultural heritage and infrastructure. Referencing the physical 'scars' – architectural ruins of the city – and seeking understanding of how form legibly expresses meaning, this thesis exploration seeks to propose the establishment of safe havens for the public expression of ideals and sentiments of the everyday citizen that enable and encourage a dialogue to take place between the government and its people. This is achieved through a series of ‘Minor Architecture’ interventions that enable Hondurans to move from places of alienation to the place of power within the city. While the main pageantries that take place within Tegucigalpa are those that celebrate the state or religious power, I intend to design a procession through the city that celebrates the citizens, resulting in a series of minor metaphorical architectural interventions for the procession of, for, and by the people. Architecture for the arts. Processional, responsive architecture engaged as an instrumental advocate of the public arts’ cultural ideals, expressions, and dissemination. While we understand that architecture alone cannot save the world, it can however, function as a provocative force, fostering awareness in regards of socio-cultural paradigms. Architecture – an enigmatic practice – gives unique opportunities for designers to address some of the most pressing issues concerning our societies."
Keywords: Honduran culture, metaphorical-minor architecture, processional architecture, dialogue, representational, allegory, graffiti street art, Mayan heritage, mark making, public expression
CHAIR: Singeisen, Scott R.
PDF : 190 pages, illustrations (some color), maps, plans
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