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Spring 5-15-2023

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Dolezal, Logan. 2023. "The Reactivation of Desolate Architecture", [Masters Thesis] The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A Design Thesis Presented to the 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 Rumiko Handa. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2023

Copyright © 2023 Logan Dolezal


A guiding concept for my thesis is the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Wabi-Sabi, as defined by Valentina Marin, “refers to an aesthetic philosophy and vision applied to objects, which alludes to beauty in imperfections and the value of the passage of time, and openly accepts the deterioration and transience of existence, both human and material.”

I believe that this concept can be applied to architecture and that we can utilize disregarded and desolate structures by creating insertions that promote interaction with decaying architecture. This notion eventually led to my discovery of my thesis statement, “The reactivation of desolate architecture through embracing the imperfect.” The design strategies that are used throughout my thesis are to embrace and celebrate fragment, absence, and ephemerality.

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