Master of Architecture (MArch)
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My project addresses additive architecture, a method of adding built elements to an existing fabric designed so they reveal something about a place, either by emphasizing its characteristics, telling a story, or interpreting an existing historic fabric. The built fabric of older areas in North American cities has often become fragmented as old buildings are demolished and new structures inserted. Additive architecture addresses this condition by considering new design not as an insertion on a site but as a modification to a site, where something new is used to reconsider something old. In my project I designed a Museum of Architecture as a series of built elements added to an area of historic buildings in downtown Miami, located along lower Northeast 1st and 2nd Avenues, where archeological sites and historic buildings survive from different periods of construction. In this project I have spent a large part of my thesis analyzing and exploring how each element can establish a connection between old and new, which will enhance the memory image of the city and reweave a fragmentary urban context.
Giammattei, Marina Gabriella, "Additive architecture" (2004). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3990.
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