This thesis demonstrates parafiction as one productive method of exercising architectural imagination. I define parafiction as a type of fiction that begins with a fact and is presented as a fact in order to demonstrate what the world could be. To demonstrate parafiction as a productive technique of exercising imagination in architecture, this project consists of a short mock documentary, website and archive that are presented as factual.
FACT 19: This project reverses biases towards urban culture as global culture and the rural as a resource primed for extraction proposing instead a new cultural nexus of commoning for the rural.
For the Arch210’s final studio project, “Center for Architectural Volumes,” students were asked to build upon previous work to create a space in Downtown Lincoln that could exhibit famous architectural volumes. In the first few weeks of the semester, students studied voids within their everyday surroundings and created abstract volumes, free of program and scale.
FACT 23: Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum Prof. Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA
Representing our capacity to maintain archaic infrastructure in an overwhelming environment overflowing with waste, occupied by a population complacent to unrest, this project is as complex as the topics it alludes to. It is set in one of the 72 decommissioned Atlas-F missile silos scattered across the United States. This project critiques the haphazard mismanagement of reusable commodities of varying scales ranging from abandoned infrastructure to recyclable materials.