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Posted by  Jim on June 24, 2003 at 12:21:46:

In Reply to:  thesis in b.arch posted by balamurugan on June 21, 2003 at 05:33:21:

The others here may be a little brutle in how they say it, but they are right in that if you do not have a clue as to what your thesis or dissertation should be after nine semesters in the courses, you are probably in the wrong field. A thesis is supposed to be an impassioned opinion piece that is throughly supported by documentation or reasonings. It is not enough to be competent in engineering (though that is important); it is primary that you love to draw buildings -- at least on a computer, if not all the time in your head. It also helps loads if you can put your ideas down on paper, since the clients are often more impressed with mini-renderings than computer simulations, especially if you are doing historic styles. By now, you should have come upon all the history, conflicts and egos so rampant in architecture that a thesis statement of your position on a particular aspect of architecture fairly SCREAMS from your mind. If you are really only mildly amused by the artistic aspects of architecture, you had best take up something like law, where humanity matters little and art not at all.

For example, you might quickly read the landmark critique of modern architecture: "FROM BAUHAUS TO OUR HOUSE" by Tom Wolfe (1981) in which he takes only 128 pages to skewer the blase pretensions of the would-be 'gods' of building, such as all those worshipers of the 'god' "Corbu." If you cannot find even one idea in his polemic to start a vivid discussion, then you are definitely in the wrong field!! Most any library will have a copy of that book, and it is for sale from as well as any bookstore. It should be required reading for any architecture student long before he has reached your level.

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