The primary investigation of my master's thesis was to use architecture to explore how differing perceptions can be asked to explore and evaluate different solutions of complex problems. The program was an in-patient substance abuse treatment center in uptown St. Louis, MO. Substance abuse treatment is one of the most controversial issues facing our society and there is no shortage of conflicting ideas on how to accomplish rehabilitation.
The methodology was to design two projects, with discretely separate social ideology, simultaneously throughout the semester and to have them both presented at my final review so we could discuss how the two separate projects accomplish the goals of rehabilitation in regard to their ideological constraints. The 'acceptance' iteration was to be designed with ideas of openness, transparency, and integration in mind.
University of Illinois
- Andrew Haner, sun|tect: architecture