Visions : a golden age in a dark future

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Kottka, Charles W.
Koehler, Uwe F.
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Thesis (B. Arch.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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...I have all my life looked to the future for purpose and inspiration for my exploits. The term itself suggests an ideal, the ultimate manifestation of our deeds and dreams. As an existentialist, I feel responsible for the state of the world to be. As a Taoist, I embrace the security of the assured promise of the future. As a designer, I wish to sculpt that universe conceived in my own vision.Architecture is a means to the end of a calculated projection. It is a tangible art of immense impact on culture, and can be an accurate symbol of that culture's impact on history. I study the discipline not just for folly, but as a practical and conscientious way of molding the future, leaving a legacy of beneficial ideas and environments for my children. My so-called folly is merely to generate excitement, delight you will, in their perceptions of the material world. It has to be fun, so I speculate, postulate, and idealize the mundane shelters into grand machines for living, organic entities capable of evolving just like humankind. My passion is in making connections to simplify processes of the universe into beautiful truths. I don't want to suggest that the future is just the proliferation of mathematical equations; that would be advocating destiny. Instead, I hope to introduce the feasibility of guessing the future for our own well-being.Using futurist philosophical doctrines, I have explored methods of examining our paths and possibilities both as an entire culture and in terms of architectonic development. I have based my conclusion partially on the built world's relationship to art, technology, socioeconomics, and the price of tea in China. It has also been analyzed through my own attempt at visual futurism; rendering an abstract vision of what's to come, and juxtaposing it against the framework of what already is.