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M U N D A N E _ M I S F I T S _ M U TA N T S

MACKENZIE LEHON M.ARCH THESIS 2017 University of Michigan (in progress)


M U N D A N E _ M I S F I T S _ M U TA N T S

MUNDANE (adjective) of, relating to, or characteristics of the world characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative

MISFIT (noun) noun: a person whose behavior or attitude sets them apart from others in an uncomfortably conspicuous way. something that does not fit or that fits badly a person who is poorly adapted to a situation or environment something that is the wrong shape or size or is inappropriate

MUTANT (noun) adjective: resulting from or showing the effect of mutation. “a mutant gene� a mutant form. synonyms: deviant, monstrosity a new type of organism that is a result of the process of mutation Latin: Mutare- meaning changing


M A P _ O F _ M I S F I T S

Charlestown, RI

Long Beach, NY

Poquoson, VA

Folly Beach, SC

Tybee Beach, GA Flagler Beach, FL

New Orleans, LA

Caroline O’Donnell defines an architectural monster as a heterogeneous organism that takes disparate and contrasting typologies and elements and combines them into one architecture. These monsters are not random, but a product of their environment. They are a visual representation of a reaction to a changing exterior force. When a monster is deemed beneficial to its environment and has a strong relationship within it context, it is considered a “hopeful monster.” The evolution of the coastal housing typology continues to dance on the border between a hopeful monster and simply a monster. The current state of the raised home does not benefit its environment and lacks a solid connection to its site. However, I believe its monstrous qualities can be traced back to its suburban roots. Currently the coastal home is a result of the anthropogenic era. In an effort to make as little change as possible while still “adapting” to our surroundings, the raised home was born. Dressed in balconies, large exterior stairs, stilts that rise to the BFE, and familiar characteristics of the coastal suburban home typology, these homes have lost their reliability. If their success is measured by their ability to withstand and absorb extreme climate conditions and flooding, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy would label them as failures. These autonomous architectural elements are not being employed for their ideal use. They are being treated and handled as if they were still on ground level, in an area unthreatened by flooding. What are the parameters for determining an unsuccessful employment? What techniques can be applied to make these elements perform to their full potential? All we need is the correct formula, the right amount of manipulation in the ideal direction and we can unveil a successful alternative typology.


M I S F I T S

MUNDANE

OCTAGON

“A” CONSTRUCTION

BUILDER’S SHED

SALT BOX

MANSARD

ENGLISH COLONIAL

FEDERAL STYLE

GEORGIAN STYLE

SWISS COTTAGE

TELESCOPE

FOUR SQUARE


M I S F I T S


M U TA N T S MIX_&_MATCH

MULTIPLY

ISOLATED SCALES

SUBTRACTION

ROOTS

MULTIPLY

ISOLATED SCALES

SUBTRACTION

ROOTS


BIOLOGY

MARVEL

Exogenous Factors:

Possession of the X-gene subspecies to humans the next stage in human evolution mutations are pre-formation and manifest internally

Radical Environments that break the DNA and in the process of repair they produce slightly different than the original

Endogenous Factors: Errors in DNA combinations and transitions errors in the process of replication from the insertion or deletion of segments DNA fails to copy accurately

ARCHITECTURE

San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane Francesco Borromini

Disney Concert Hall Frank Gehry

Duck Long Island, NY

Piazza D’Italia Charles Moore

Neue Staatsgalerie James Stirling


M A K I N G _ A _ M U TA N T scalar exaggeration

scaling up or down to an irrational extreme

morphology of traits

appropriating qualities of one root onto another

interrupt connections

alteration of a typical relationship between parts, an intervention of a normal process or sequence of elements. disruption of the connections

radical repetition

mutiplication or subtraction of elements to the point beyond their necessary function

TECHNIQUE_1 1. IDENTIFY THE EXISTING ROOTS - isolation of individual roots 2. REDEFINE THEIR PROPERTIES - use the 4 processes to form new roots 3. RE-ASSEMBLE - place the newly defined roots back together


scalar exaggeration

interrupt connections

radical repetition

morphology of traits


ORIGINAL

ISOLATION_OF_ROOTS


R E - C R E AT E

RE-ASSEMBLE


M.Arch Thesis