N E O – N A T U R A L              P A R A D I G M

Architecture has become a characteristic of the ‘neo-natural’ landscape, while technology has been fueling this process. The idealistic views of the natural world are becoming outmoded, being replaced by artificial materials and building forms of architecture and urbanism. These man-made interventions are now the subject of our landscapes, rendering greenery as obsolete projections of the past. In cities, the only condition that manifests the true nature of nature is the climate that is uncontrollable from a human standpoint and through this condition is where an honest, natural architecture is created.

This thesis seeks a building system that responds to climatic forces in efforts to generate a new paradigm for the neo-natural landscape we currently inhabit. This will be explored through a new datum that is mediated by architectural stilts. Stilts have been used for centuries, primarily as preventive measures against harsh natural environments. However, in the neo-natural paradigm, they will be treated as a mechanical component that mediates the relationship between the building and the environment. Stilts have the opportunity to react to wind conditions and destabilize accordingly to the phenomena. The movement registered by natural forces enables the building and the inhabitants to recognize such force, while the atmosphere created by such unstable field against the more static volume contrasts the sheltered landscape against the reality of nature.

MO 12-01-11

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