Posted by Paul Malo on January 03, 2002 at 13:39:46:
In Reply to: starting a thesis posted by mixed nut on January 02, 2002 at 02:39:46:
I suspect that notions of what a "thesis" should be differ from place to place. In some architectural schools the thesis is merely a terminal, comprehensive project intended to demonstrate general competence in several areas. In our school (in the US northeast) we TRY (not always successfully) to have students not merely select some subject, topic, building type, and/or site but also insist that they write a concise "thesis statement." This short paragraph specifies what the proposition is that will be demonstrated--the arguement to be proved by the project.
In your situation, for instance, you might begin: "I propose to demonstrate that . . ." OK, what is it? Maybe: ". . .that traditional formal organization identified with regional history can be reinterpreted in a different architectural language which refers not merely to the past, but to the present and the future." If this is something that interests you, then start collecting and collaging organizational strategies evident from local historial examples.