Rabuffo, Alexandria Lynn
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Statement of issue/problem . Universalization is embodied in the technologies of mass production. Standardized manufacture assumes a generalized subject, reducing broad differences between individuals to a set of general criteria. This thesis explores ways in which architecture can be more responsive to individual needs in order to resist or balance these universalizing tendencies. Statement of significance of issue . In a period of increasing universality and mass production, differences are erased, reducing specificity and local or personal identity. In this context, people generally modify their environments with small, personal objects such as photographs, memorabilia, and furnishings. However, buildings themselves can be designed to adjust to an individual's personal needs. An adaptable architecture can make it possible for individuals to modify their environments to better suit their unique needs. Method of inquiry . In this thesis, adaptability is explored at various small scales with a focus on adjustable surfaces and skins. A series of design and material experiments are used to determine which types of surfaces and methods of adjustability are best suited to facilitate personalization. A set of optimal architectural possibilities were established and, subsequently, tested and demonstrated in a series of models and a full-scale construction. Expected outcome . A bound volume has been produced that contains research, drawings, and images of this exploration. The final construction is documented through drawings and images that demonstrate adjustability.