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    Making living environments better...

    By Arnaud M.
    Sep 11, '06 9:44 PM EST

    Today I had my first actual thesis studio class. I wandered all week-end around downtown toronto to find a site for my thesis. I also got very interesting and inspiring insights from my teacher and now I'm all pumped-up to start working on this project.

    My thesis has a lot to do with natural analogies. It is a two-fold project that first, rethinks the way we live and work in the built environment and second, is a facility dedicated to how the building industry can rethink this built environment. So it will be a kind of trans-disciplinary center where people can think, do research and most importantly build prototypes of what they designed. From a biology perspective it's similar to consider the built environment as an ecosystem in which the human organisms live, cooperate, trade and evolve altogether. Therefore the design itself will evolve alongside the users' needs. In other words, it has a lot to do with adaptable architecture.

    This summer I read "On growth and form" written by D'arcy Wentworth Thompson in the early twentieth century. He was a mathematician/biologist who studied how organisms grow using mathematical/geomitrical tools to do so. Although a bit dry, it was a great source of inspiration for my thesis. I recommend it.

    I have to work on clarifying all that right now, so I'll post as long as it evolves, every new stage of this thesis.

    Following are the picture of the potential candidates for my thesis site and a free picture of downtown toronto for your eyes' pleasure.


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