Architecture has often been misunderstood as a tool of pure functionalism, or an aesthetic element for euphoria; and thus, the architect has often been transformed into a builder, a sculptor of our direct surroundings and immediate experiences. Examples of this can be seen in past practice, such as The International Style, a product of Modern discourse that obsessed with functionalism. The proposed design vocabulary for Social Serendipity addresses this dilemma, and reevaluates the architect’s role as an agent of the people.
It is the architect’s responsibility to mediate the realities of those interacting with it. Architecture should not inhibit those using it by dismissing the human body. The body is the primary relation for experience. Thus, Social Serendipity focuses on “...the patterns of our bodily movement, and the contours of our spatial and temporal orientation.” (Mark Johnson)
The goal of this thesis, and the role of architects, is to generate events; and pertaining to the context of this thesis, to inspire social communication as a means to produce integration where there was disconnection.