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Posted by  Paul Malo on June 02, 2002 at 18:10:31:

In Reply to:  NEED YOUR HELP Mr. PAUL MALO posted by Deep Dey on June 02, 2002 at 08:06:17:

A thesis topic needs to be appropriate for you, considering your abilities and interests, but also appropriate for your faculty. At this distance it is difficult to know the traditions and expectations of your school, as well as the preferences and tastes of the particular faculty members who will work most closely with you and assess your performance.

There have been many recent posts from students about thesis projects. Here is one thread from the Architecture (not the Student) Forum:

"Please Give Suggestion for Final Project"
- Merv 07:59:21 4/03/2002 (3)

If you were in our school, the sort of urban project mentioned in one of my posts on that thread would be a sort of typical thesis subject. But we have a strong urban design orientation in many of our studios, and most of the faculty appreciate urbanistic considerations. I cannot know whether this would be the case at your school.

Even more difficult for me is to guess what sort of personal "identity" (as you put it) that would be appropriate for you. Your concerned for this, however, leads me to suspect that you are seeking originality. A formula for being original is an oxymoron--being self-contradictory. But if originality is a subject that interests you, you might look for precedents of a certain type. Merely collecting examples of odd buildings, different from the prevailing practice of the time, wouldn't accomplish much, because you wouldn't be learning much about why or how the architect evolved the original work. You might, however, look at a particular architect like Frank Lloyd Wright and try to discern how he learned from architecture of different cultures--particularly the Japanese and Central American, and how he integrated those influences into his own work.

This would be a thesis of a more historical, critical type--although Wright's example might become the basis for a design of your own--but NOT intended to imitate the work of Wright! Rather, you might choose two other world architectures and select some aspects to combine into an "original" expression of your own.

Whether this is YOUR sort of thesis--or one suitable for your school--I can't say. It's the sort of study that I might enjoy, however.

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