Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Architecture, Identity, and Performance "'In the Flesh' of the Lived World"
by Core, Cathryn, M.A.R., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 127; 10163264
Abstract (Summary)

Architecture must strike the senses with comprehensibility and lend itself to the performance of the human condition. It is to serve as a stimulus that incites awareness and brings forth a sense of identity of the city and the self. Architecture must encourage the activation of the space and serve as a vivid signifier of place, encourage connectivity, and enable the mapping of humanness in the urban condition. To test these principles, the author proposed a series of installations in Levy Park, green scape that sits on the cusp of the residential and commercial divide of downtown Crowley, Louisiana, with a specific goal: not to result in a utopia of spaces, but to arrive at a better understanding of the people who inhabit the city, the site, and the spaces that influence the two in a most positive and activated manner.

The work is driven by the speculation that architecture must be both the score – “the process leading to the performance” – and the performance itself (Halprin 1). The bodies moving through space, the performers, must be accounted for, understood, and analyzed in order to measure “chance” and create yet another score based upon findings (Halprin 3). One proposes the installation should be a living experiment in the hope that the architecture will not only become a signifier of place and a stimulus for the citizens of/visitors to the city to identify with, it will serve as an exercise in “active and reactive productivity” and provide the opportunity to create an architecture of significance that has been tested “‘in the flesh’ of the lived world” (The Eyes of the Skin 71).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Saft, Corey
Commitee: Cline, Thomas, Dorwick, Keith, Latiolais, Ashlie, McClung, Kiwana
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Architecture
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Landscape architecture, Architecture
Keywords: Landscape architecture, Louisiana, Mapping, Performance
Publication Number: 10163264
ISBN: 978-1-369-17956-9
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