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Master of Architecture (MArch)
Like all cities, they are built up of forgotten or neglected icons commemorating a certain event from the past. Over the years, some no longer have the same social impact they once had. There becomes a need when looking towards the future to preserve the icons of Houston and protect them from erasure.
A few native landmarks, some thriving more than others are replicated and reprogrammed creating a potemkin village within a new hyper urban environment. The new Houston, Hyper Houston, commemorates these icons by stripping the essential elements of these icons to produce these new altered icons of Houston. At the same time they provide added value to a new community focused around the iconography of Houston. By replicating and altering these icons it creates opportunities to build new relationships with these new surrounding landscapes.
Echavarria, Joseph, "Archinaut : Archinaut design laboratory office manual" (2018). Masters Theses. 319.
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