Preparation for Undergraduate Architecture Design Thesis

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Thesis prep is a seminar-based course that focuses on the content, production and representation of Architectural Research. The goal of thesis prep is the development of original research and design methodologies that are founded in contemporary cultural discourse, extending and contributing to architectural and design culture at large and within MIT. At the conclusion of the seminar, a projective thesis proposal, documenting the speculative writing, research and analysis performed during the semester, is compiled into a book.

This book serves to exhibit the thesis’ conceptual framework - establishing the scales, sites, programs, methods and terms of critique - acting as a "manual" for the design thesis proposal during the following semester.