Architecture as desire : exploring the origins of our desire to hear music
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Our mind is subconsciously entertained and potentially enslaved by classification into categories. A typology is a system used for putting things into groups according to how they are similar and architecture has equally adopted this practice. Typically buildings are classified according to principal activity, which is the primary function carried on within each building. This separation into pre designed types has formulated a way of thinking and restricted our ability to creatively exercise and challenge our understanding of the purpose of our actions and potentially envision new ways of living, or new building types. We need to think more critically about how much existing building typologies affect the future of architecture. Aural Halls: Exploring the Origins of our Desire to Hear Music explores this problem by critically examining our desires, which should influence our design decisions stronger than anything else. This thesis will explore architecture as desire through our cultural and innate desire to hear music, constructed on Nicollet Island of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I will move forward with this project through philosophical research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods to reach a goal that may ultimately raise more questions than answers.