UBC Graduate Research

Pure Architecture Reive, William


This thesis began in the pursuit for an alternative way of conceiving architecture that is meaningful and relevant to how we currently construct identity. The thesis then looks at how contemporary architectural theorists and practitioners such as Rem Koolhaas, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, and Valerio Olgiati are exploring the ideas of pure and non-referential architecture. The thesis situates itself in the period after post-modernism, where architecture can liberate itself from symbolism, uniqueness and extra architectural ideas to produce pure form. This project stands behind the notion that architecture can operate autonomously from its context. As experience of form is the most fundamental engagement with a viewer, pure architecture, in its essence, is concerned with form, space, and their experience at the exclusion of all else.

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