UBC Graduate Research

microcosmos Albanese, Parker


The architectural method is bound by habits and prejudices that consider a narrow range of inquiry through limited agents. This thesis explores how wondering about tiny beings might expand architectural thought by creating a dynamic methodology that critically engages and is inclusive of otherness. It is an inquiry through listening and through productive imaginaries in search for attunement with the more-than-human world. It wonders how re-wilding our imaginations through new modes of abstraction might encourage an architectural method that listens to and is attuned with the flux of interactions at our feet, rather than drowning them out. The act of wondering—that is, recognizing, inquiring, and imagining the lives of these small beings—asks us to operate within a domain of receptive uncertainty rather than one of quantification, consequently freeing us from the prejudices that bound architectural thought. This project aims to reintegrate people and stories back into Burns Bog, Delta in recognition of its darker histories through a series of interventions that follow a gradient of scale and familiarity. It does not attempt to fully restore the bog to its unadulterated state, but to consider how embedding ourselves into the slowness of the bog may allow us to become attentive to its tiny world and aware of the consequence of our presence.

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