Nastaran Mousavi_Thesis Abstract

Bordering Trauma; urbanistic response to nodes of behavioral malfunction

Cities are plagued with traumatic events like natural catastrophes, wars, economic conflicts, infrastructural breakdowns. Treating them as disruptions of systems which have either gradual or instant impact on where they are applied, these often sudden but sometimes gradual events violate an otherwise stable system causing not only social and psychological effects, as forms of disorientation, dislocation or depression, but also physical and spatial disturbances within the urban fabric.

Cities’ operations are dependent on the coordinated movements of multiple infrastructural and human components, and any disruption to one will result in widespread malfunction, a post traumatic urban condition. Mismatches and glitches, then become primary features. As a result of unplanned growth, cities like Tehran are increasingly revealing these moments of malfunction, discontinuity and rupture within their urban environment. These critical moments when cities are going through the transformational phases throughout history are directly overriding the performance of infrastructures and their interconnected relationship.

By revealing the relationship between the moments of equilibrium and perturbation, by investigating the origins and the potentials of these mismatches and glitches, and ultimately by exploiting them to create new clusters introduces new local functionality to these nodes that were formerly discontinuous. While these nodes may not resemble the other still/yet functional urban elements, they nonetheless offer an opportunistic malfunctionality which redirects these traumatic urban mechanisms to new productive infrastructural outcomes.

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About nastranmousavi

_an Iranian native from a seaside town. Her childhood is rich with stories as she grew up in a household full of wild animals as well as under a household of architects. _her passion for designing and pursuing master of architecture in San Francisco, has led her to theoretical aspects of architecture and the bridge that fills the gap between architecture and other fields of art. _particularly passionate about middle scale architectural qualities and how these could be defined as elements that link smaller and larger scales to each other.

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  1. Volatile systems could be defined as mechanisms that their operation relies on spontaneous changes that occur by/in their components but still sustain the quality of equilibrium. These systems often reveal symptoms of instability because they have to adapt to those small scale alterations. Same logic could be applied to cities that are under development and juxtaposition of added up layers of infrastructure and the existing one often creates a breakdown in their operation. While the city keeps the quality of equilibrium, the local malfunction creates an instant volatile condition for the users and a gradual one for the larger system.

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