Dante Baldassin

Dante Baldassin

New York, NY, US


If Walls Could Talk

Architecture is an archive for the past and present, seeking to preserve memories intrinsic to built forms. They allude to memories, events, and pasts, which manifest themselves in physical forms. Through physical and ecological acts of erosion, structures fade, crumble, and disintegrate; distancing ourselves from and their idealized form. We are conditioned to view works as ideal conditions: regularized, clean, and tidy. We constantly clean and refurbish to achieve this idealized state, claiming for an erasure of evolving histories. In its essence acts of historic preservation and the blind reproduction of standardized architectural elements seek to recreate the past directly (by rebuilding in likeness), but in actuality, they tend to bring us further away from understanding history, time, and meaning. 

Indirect communication, forces us to reconsider the static ways in which we understand form and representation in architecture. In contrast, it opens up new representational possibilities between objects over time, as well as offer an alternative to literal and symbolic forms of representation. Through acts of literal representation, entities such as suburban homes embody how the duplication of architectural form and typology dilute the intent and reason behind iconic architectural elements; somehow landing further from their actualized selves. 

This thesis seeks of memorialize the idealized suburban home; marking the end of a history. It places importance on the reconciliation of blasé application of iconic architectural elements, the consequences of their resultant spaces, and the tension between ruination and its inherent opposite: historic preservation.

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Status: School Project
My Role: Designer - Thesis