Architecture Program


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Jason Griffiths

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Spring 5-5-2017


Lund, Zebulun J. "Agrarian Ruins" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017


A THESIS Presented to the Architecture Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Jason Griffiths. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Zebulun J. Lund


This thesis is an investigation into the architectural value of agrarian ruins and aims to begin to communicate those through architectural drawing. In the 21st century, ruin obsession is increasingly aimed at ruins of a more recent time, often that of the dying industrial city. This study shares in the impatience and enthusiasm for ruins of the culture we live in and has turned to the ruins of abandoned farm buildings. Consequently, this has studied the potential values offered by barns, sheds, and chicken coupes, alike. This was accomplished first through countryside tours from locals in Gosper County, followed by solo site visits after getting their stories, locations, and permissions for exploration. Here lies a diverse number of architectural qualities to be experienced and gained as it was attempted to document them. Impossible to describe with words, and still falling short with photographs, this thesis turned to drawing and collage techniques to communicate the potential values offered by these agrarian ruins.

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