critics: Andrew ZAGO w/ guest advisor Jeffrey KIPNIS
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Dale STRONG: This thesis is investigating formal architectural conditions existing between abstraction and legibility in order to challenge notions of sobriety and solemnity within the discipline of architecture. The context of the site, located on the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, is architecturally earnest with neighbors like Mies Van der Rohe’s Brown Pavilion and Raphael Moneo’s Audrey Jones Beck building. To counter the seriousness of the surrounding and help lighten the mood, this thesis will make a serious attempt to introduce comic and licentious characteristics to the new building.