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it looks like rain : the aesthetics of towers, public space, and the weather Kusaka, Lisa


This project begins with what resulted in the end, as the design process did not happen in a neat or linear way. What follows is a collection of observations on the city of Vancouver, specifically regarding its relationship to the weather, its understanding of public space, and the agglomeration of podium towers that constitute much of the downtown. As an attempt to address the underlying tension between these three topics, this project proposes a public observation tower for Vancouver, in an area that is slated to be saturated with new luxury condo developments. In truth, this was all a proxy to explore another question lurking beneath everything else, to which I never found an answer, but rather led me to more questions: What is the value of beauty and aesthetics in architecture, and is there still a place for a genuine discussion on such ideas in architectural discourse?

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