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Although the wall is often a passive element, it performs a crucial and powerful role in the composition of architectural spaces.  Walls are created as an act of spatial demarcation in the same way that a line delineates the surface of a drawing, denoting a division between two areas that once were one.  This project asked students to ask the following questions:


What are walls made of?

Why do we typically poche between the parallel lines delineating a wall in an architectural drawing?

If walls perform a function of separation and connection, can they not perform other functions simultaneously?

Can the walls become active participants in the spaces we inhabit?

Can the poche of walls be activated to accommodate function and occupation and become contributors to the functions adjacent to them?

Can they also serve as an opportunity to allow for the reconnection where a wall has made a division?

Do the systems that make up a wall have to be concealed in the wall, covered as if they are unattractive and displeasing to the eye?


This phenomenon of a wall being unusable and seen as a mute participant in the space and life of architecture was the point of departure.