Texas A&M University
critic: Gabriel ESQUIVEL
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Catlan FEARON: With the post-Enlightenment destruction of the certainty of the metaphysical presence of God, the subject of religious architecture changes drastically. Just as the subject changed from God to the collective worship with the renaissance, the subject now becomes the single man and his subjective relation to the eternal, and, consequentially, to the architecture of religious typology itself.
This thesis attempts to explode religious typology, keeping nothing but atmosphere for the interiority and attempting in the exterior to find a balance between the aloof Monument, too removed from the average man to encourage heirophany, and the lowly Urban Chapel, often seen in airports or shopping malls and too blended into its context to be noticed. To create this semi-monument, the thesis dissects the fundamental texture of three urban fabrics and, by creating a jarring disruption in the fabric, forces the singular subjective subject to recognize the architecture as other.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
CF: The desire to experiment with a little- reworked typology, philosophy, the genius loci, Peter Eisenman
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
CF: Reading Rem Koolhaas, Collin Rowe, Aldo Rossi, Manuel de Sola Morales, Kenneth Easterling, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Peter Eisenman, Soren Kierkegaard, Charles Pierce; Listening to M83, Cakes da Killa, Natalia Kills, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Azealia Banks, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Janelle Monae, Grimes, Crystal Castles, Patrick Wolf; Watching Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hiyao Miyazaki, American Horror Story, The Fountain.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
CF: Michael Hansmeyer, Iris van Herpen, Henrique Oliveira, Paul Preissner, Sean Lally, Texas A&M T4T Lab.