Rafiuddin, Ishtiaq Jabir
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This thesis is based on the idea of the unit---the unit as something conceived of in its very primary, fundamental being, as the smallest common denominator. When individuated it is very simple, yet when composed in multiples it gives way to a higher level of understanding, of systems and degrees of organization. This thesis speculates about the standards used in conceptualizing and practicing architecture as a methodology. The proposal consequently will be an alternative and experimental move towards the way we understand our environment. The method of inquiry will be through a component-based understanding of systems. The process will be guided by the logistics of empirical exploration and a design process informed by challenges and variables encountered in testing and prototyping at full scale. The goal is to develop a framework for thinking by working with tangible materials at full scale. The eventual ambition is to demonstrate this process through models and full scale installations.