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Statement of Issue/Problem . Traditionally buildings are realized via the purchasing and installation of off-the-shelf materials. These materials have been standardized per their function and have been tailored to maximize quantity and profit. The resultant building and its detailing therefore are based on the nature of standardized materials rather than the site or environment. This method of construction can be unnecessarily energy consuming because there is no effort to work directly with the site or found objects as material. Alternatively, the modification of existing site conditions and found objects could be an inherent component of the building process. This would take advantage of the existing material energy by extending the life of the detritus rather than relying on newly produced materials. Statement of Significance of Issue . The building industry is one of the most resource depleting disciplines. The effort to work with the site or found objects in order to make use of existing conditions is almost always ignored. Recycling is just one example of this potential energy; however, it is not as efficient as the simple re-programming of objects and materials. The notion of using existing materials on site and at full scale is an unfamiliar alternative to off-the-shelf conventions, but has potential to alter building processes in ways that are more local and energy efficient. Method of Inquiry . This work will begin by considering the work of artists whose work takes advantage of found material energy: Marcel Duchamp, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rachel Whiteread, and Joseph Beuys. These case studies will be critiqued and evaluated in terms of their application to architecture. Found objects will be selected and altered to create successive objects based on the original. The final product will be a direct result of working with the original object and the process that was used to execute the work. The site of the objects will directly affect the methods used for their alteration. The symbiotic relationship of the site/found objects to the final product will recall the process of construction. The contention of this thesis is to make unfamiliar materials familiar through the revealing of this process. The end point will be a function of the starting point and not the result of a process based on standardized materials. Expected Outcome . In this thesis, I will develop a method of construction that is based on materials of the site itself. I will develop a series of building strategies specific to a found object. The object will use these strategies in order to satisfy a new objective. The work in terms of experiments, studies, research, and dialogue will be collectively documented. This documentation will be bound and submitted to the faculty of the Graduate School of the State University of New York at Buffalo in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture.