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Spring 2019

M. Arch Thesis

I wrote my (first) Masters thesis as a fifth year at Tulane University. The concept was simple: public space is not actually public. While I could have taken this in many different directions, I decided to focus on human comfort and behavioral patterns in opposition to the dreaded generalized "occupant" of most design projects.

My argument was that public space is designed for the designer and their attitudes towards space and people. I began to research basic psychology and the idea of the self and settled into the dichotomy of Introverted versus Extroverted tendencies. I then proposed an experiment close to home, in four quads on Tulane's campus, and monitored it over several months. The images provided show the progression of thought and final proposals for the Tulane sites.

Excerpt from "Integrating Introversion: An Analysis on Quiet Inclusion in Public Space."

'The proposed interventions of this thesis vary   based on preexisting site conditions, severity of   bias, and the assigned strategy. While the best   option for using the findings of this study would   be to utilize each strategy, the goal of the   exploration was to demonstrate the power of just   one or two in subtle combination.

'The intervention proposals were never the main   concern of this exploration, as they were more or   less examples of a system that could potentially   exist. The point of this thesis was to create a   system of awareness. 

'Designers often forget that they have power to   change peoples' lives, maybe not in grand ways,   but in their everyday experiences. This thesis was   meant to shed light on a bias among designers   and provide a loose tool kit to avoid it in the   future. Regardless of the success of the   "proposed" interventions themselves, if this   exploration has created an awareness and sense   of responsibility in designing for the public, it has   served its purpose.'

In the end, I can honestly say that while I believe that my argument is correct, I think the experiment itself was unsuccessful. In the future I hope to expand on the concept and redo the experiment under different circumstances.

1. Newcomb Sculpture Garden
2. Cudd Patio
1. Newcomb Sculpture Garden Section
2. Cudd Patio Section
3. Richardson Memorial Quad
4. Bruff Patio
3. Richardson Memorial Quad Section
4. Bruff Patio Section
Site Axonometric
Functional Site Analysis - Tulane
Original Concept Illustration
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