Catherine Ahn

A Porous Poche

This thesis is an exploration of construction through demolition: building with building rubble. Conceptually unchanging euclidean geometries encase loose and fragmentary building debris, which, in turn, deform and undermine these seemingly permanent forms. Through a series of working models and drawings, the thesis investigates forms of excess, heaviness, and porous thickness, made possible by the current and projected surplus of low-quality concrete and brick rubble.

Sited along the edge of a decommissioned landfill in Jamaica Bay, Queens, the project is primarily concerned with a novel poche condition created using building debris and mesh. An expansive field of pixelated rubble structures serves to reclaim an abandoned waterfront for community activities and formalizes the unconscious act of dumping for the creation of habitable interior and exterior spaces.

In this set of studies, compressive (concrete and brick fragments) and tensile (cable, metal mesh) elements integrate structurally but are kept materially separate as an acknowledgement of potential future cycles of de-construction and re-construction.

Advised by Paul Lewis

Catherine Ahn

Faculty Advisor
Paul Lewis

Jonathan Farbowitz, Video Editing*
Akira Ishikura, Photomontage*
Piao Liu, Diagrams*
*as noted on images



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