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.

Hadit Mejia_Thesis Abstract

Amending Navigation Through Perception

Hadit Mejia-Castro


The vision, as the primary mechanism for navigating the physical world, has undermined the importance of other perceptual systems in architecture. As we can observe in the Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) Stations, the experimentation of the space has been marginalized to a point where information-based perceptual responses no longer perform an essential role in the navigation process. Generally, sensory characteristics of the built space have been determined by building design’s standards, however, these regulations only measure human comfort which are byproducts of insufficient analysis of the interaction between stimuli and human perception

. This tenuous connection between stimuli and perception has a sociological effect: detachment. The disconnection between the built environment’s stimulus, the inhabitant’s body and his perception has caused a collective state of distraction, which leads to the collective behavior of habit. How does architecture, using stimulations, that respond to the basic orientation and haptic perceptual system, establish new cognitive navigation patterns within the Bart Stations?

Studying the differences between habitual and volatile behavior, defining habitual behavior as conscious responses corresponding to visual stimulations and volatile behavior as the unconscious cognitive responses to hidden stimulations,  will generate the mechanism and cognitive maps that can be used for the creation of a more elevated perceptually inform-base navigation within the built space.



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.