This thesis introduces the Pop-Up Studio, an unfoldable dwelling derived through the examination of conceptual spaces as instruments of architectural progress. The Pop-Up Studio is an intentionally whimsical building that can best be described as Imaginary Architecture, a label created, defined and realized with the Pop-Up Studio's execution. It is a form of expressive architecture, one which marries radical one-room living and artful mobility.
The Pop-Up Studio probes beyond conventional boundaries of traditional building where technique is a subsidiary importance to design expression. Research for this thesis includes the study of evolving utopian forms from historically notable paper architecture to present-day virtual modeling. The Pop-Up Studio takes inspiration and techniques from futurist designers and theorists such as Antonio Sant'Elia, Archigram and Martín Azúa. Inspired by the craft of pop-up greeting cards and children's books, research for the Pop-Up Studio consists of an extensive study of unfolding forms.
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Masters of Arts
Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, D.C.)
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