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Built in a Day

Thesis Research — 2016







Built in a Day investigates territories of hypergrowth through drawing. The challenge of accommodating millions in rapidly urbanizing environments has seen the rise of the vertical city – often, an environment of terrible beauty. By questioning the role of the earth as a datum, this project explores the disruption of the high rise typology central to the megacitiy, creating narratives of horizontality based on a speculative fiction.

With almost endlessly-stacked windows and inhabitants, repetition in the megacity creates a field of magnificent proportions. The field knows no limits; the field is endless. The architecture proposed in Built in a Day is an architecture at the scale of the city, perhaps as imaginable or unimaginable as the context to which it responds.

With Associate Professor John Shnier at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.