Author Archives: lizzieyarina

Hey! What’s your thesis? [Chantal]

Hey! Thesis continues our SMarchs series with Chantal from the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture: Who are you? Chantal El Hayek What program are you in? SMarchs AKPIA Who is your advisor? Nasser Rabbat Hey! What’s your thesis? The Last Levantine City: Beirut, 1830-1930 How does thesis make you feel? Ever in a pensive mood… Draw […]

Accelerated Urbanism Studio: Spring Break in India

Last week my studio travelled to India to explore steel urbanism in the state of Orissa, and visit our site, the planned steel city of Kalinganagar. It was a full week of steel factories, helicopter rides, villages and meetings; we returned home exhausted but with plenty of new ideas. See my photos from our trip […]

Hey! What’s your thesis? [David B.]

Hey! Thesis returns with a spring SMarchs series! Up first: David saves the world with collective urban prototypes.   Who are you? D[avid] Birge   What program are you in? SMarchs Urbanism   Who is your advisor? Miho [Mazereeuw]   How does thesis make you feel? Excited, nervous, tired   Draw us a picture of […]

TUVALU: January on a sinking island

In addition to spending three lovely weeks working with the UNDP in Fiji this IAP, I also traveled to Tuvalu for one week to conduct research on my thesis, tentatively titled “Post-Island Futures.” The project is still in its infancy, but my time in the Pacific was an amazing opportunity to get perspectives on the […]

IAP in Fiji

This January, I’ve left the gloomy winter weather of Boston behind to travel to the South Pacific. My first 1.5 weeks have been in Suva, Fiji’s capital (population 75,000) working on climate change adaptation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  We are preparing to launch the adaptation program, called “Ridge to Reef,” in Tuvalu […]

Hey! What’s your thesis? [Bob]

Bob goes to court in Hey! Thesis #8 Who are you? Bob Hey! What’s your thesis? A courthouse in which social hierarchies are exposed and put on trial (Ha!) How does thesis make you feel? Like I can’t work fast enough Draw us a picture of your thesis: Tell us a thesis secret.  I have no […]

Hey! What’s your thesis? [Trygve]

Trygve follows the sun in Hey! Thesis #9. Who are you? Trygve Wastvedt Hey! What’s your thesis? Heliocentric Architecture = tuning building form to sun movements How does thesis make you feel? Thesis is great until the end! License to obsess! Draw us a picture of your thesis: Tell us a thesis secret.  There are […]