Ivan Adelson

Ivan Adelson

New York, NY, US



The human condition presents individuals with various forms of borders, both physical and psychological. Architecture as a form of mediation corroborates the moment physiological/psychological effects are produced, while maintaining the potential to negotiate, blur and amplify these territorial situations. The boundary in question becomes agitated, confused; developing an architecture to not only explicate the role of the line, but to set up the line as a means of territorial difference; to formalize the border.

The title “Diplopia,” commonly known as double vision,  is the simultaneous perception of two images of a single object that may be displaced horizontally, vertically, or diagonally in relation to one another. This project attempts to develop a spatial disconnect between what you see and how you experience it, in other words a moment of spatial diplopia.

Sited on the political boundary between Hamtramck and Detroit, the project is designed to oscillate between and react to the conditions surrounding it, to amplify and exacerbate the boundary at odds with its circumscribed reality. This work sets forth an investigation into the spatiality and lifestyle of the single family dwelling; the architecture’s goal is to visually/experientially subvert these notions of reality and reimagine the question of boundaries within the domestic realm.

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Status: School Project
Location: Detroit, MI, US
My Role: 2g4_thesis research/design studio | m.Arch @ TCAUP_University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Additional Credits: professor: keith mitnick