dandelion minds, stories that make a room.

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A tablecloth - documenting conversations throughout this thesis.

This research started with an intuition. That architecture at its most fundamental form can be understood as a conversation. I am fascinated by this social practice and its capacity to make and unmake architecture. To open worlds that are otherwise hostile to others.

And maybe being from a first-generation immigrant family where conversations carry and constitute culture - I feel particularly alert to the way in which dialogue can and does make room for minority differences, their consolidation, and their sharing.

In the spirit of this making-room, this research is communicated through a series of objects of varying scales and stories, brought into being by site and socially specific engagements indicative of previous occasions.

In this, I have followed Louis Kahn’s proposition that a single room is in itself the fundamental atom of architecture. Significantly, Kahn sees such atoms less as fixed spaces but instead as occasions, places for holding conversations between two or more people, always before a window that brings in the light from elsewhere outside.

L. Kahn (1971) Architecture Comes from the Making of a Room
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T. Cole (1840) The Architect's Dream

With this in mind, I started this research with conversations about a painting from the 1840s by Thomas Cole. Called “The Architect’s Dream”. In it, we are shown an architect isolated on a classical column surrounded by representatives of celebrated historical world architecture. In this dream, scale is wildly exaggerated; the architect himself is tiny by comparison, resting on enormous books.

For me today, architecture and the architect rendered this way seems ridiculously unreachable, euro-centric and alien.

Nevertheless, I was drawn to ask what might this dream be in current time?

Aroom one
a ground.
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seeds from a dandelion, a series of rooms.

This project intersects the impetus of rooms and their conversations to sustain, inform and make architecture. Architecture itself dreamed of as a holding environment for the play of transitional objects, themselves furniture that queers and reinvents what it is possible to dream of.

Aroom three
A tower to make a point - Dr John Dickson, Jeremy Till a time traveller, queer filmmaker Derek Jarman, architectural painter Massimo Scolari and French philosophical besties, Deleuze and Guattari
Aroom four
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The original room - hosted 317 voices of the city, and many more undocumented flowers.
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An ongoing conversation - to make and unmake architecture.