House? Of Cards
A pessimist might suggest the past two years have painted a rather ugly picture of western politics. Indeed, we find ourselves amidst a decidedly unique era of politics, one fraught with division and marred by vitriol. In fact, the Brexit Referendum, New Zealand’s 2017 Election and Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign [and following tenure] are all evidence of deeply ingrained social division, each speaking to the palpable miasma that solemnly orbits the political sphere — one which has left the global public exhausted and disenfranchised with the political process.
At the crux of this thesis is the notion that contemporary political architecture is not only reflective of this social schism between public and political, but is in fact also an active perpetuator of its existence. Isolated within the urban fabric, existing political infrastructure is largely unreflective of the omniscient influence and importance of the political process, and the crucial role the public should play in it. Herein lies the foundation of this thesis: at its crux, the project seeks to demonstrate how architectural intervention can sculpt the relationship between the public and the political — for better or worse.