Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Hansy Better

Second Advisor

Carl Lostritto

Third Advisor

Jim Barnes


Architects and designers exist within the matrix of artificial intelligence and animate tools, therefore we are faced with the task of examining what it means to ‘humanize’ architecture and foster a tangible and intangible interaction with the spaces we inhabit. The poetics of architecture is now interpreted through the degree of engagement with technological advancements.

As an architectural element, the ubiquitous column exists within the substrate of floor and ceiling. In designing an animate column while retaining structural integrity, an opportunity is created for dialogic feedback between the user and the built environment, thereby activating different spatial conditions.

The generation of an animate column within the framework of a modernist architectural configuration, engages surface. Surface scoring, seaming and patterning bridges the divide between planar and volumetric geometries and in essence- “The properties of a building’s surface are not merely superficial; they construct the spatial effects by which architecture communicates. Through its surfaces a building declares both its autonomy and its participation in its surroundings.”

Projecting beyond the moment of the column allows the designer to utilize the animate condition of the column to develop capacity for enclosure. In considering the system of columns and surfaces there is “chaotic fulfillment of rigid patterns”, as in any living system.

Included in

Architecture Commons



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