In the course of thinking about ways to avoid working on my thesis, I came up with an idea to launch what I am calling the "Taxonomy Project." Basically, I am trying to document the life/work/play of a thesis student, using Taubman College as a case study.
What I am trying to get at moves past the final product of thesis research that is up on the walls in May or posted on blogs and facebook along the way. Instead I want to look at the process of developing a thesis through the materials, literature and organizational logics with which we chose to surround ourselves.
Things that really interest me personally are things like sketchbooks, reading materials, work space layout, internet bookmarks...just thinking out loud. There is a really diverse collection of thesis projects and people here at Taubman College and while this project will almost certainly uncover variety, singularities and peculiarities, it should also reveal areas of homogeneity. I hope that uncovering these areas of overlap and agreement will provide a greater understanding of the process of a thesis, and not just the final product.
To that end, let's begin with a collection of images from the bookshelves of 'thesis land'....
I am a graduate student and an entrepreneur at the University of Michigan Taubman College where my studies are focused on leveraging design ideas across multiple scales and platforms. Meeting at the intersection between design, tectonics and fabrication, I am continually exploring how a design idea can navigate complex material and production systems and evolve into fully realized architectural artifacts.