Forms of Expression

Ban Sheni and Eric Mosher

  • SP.20
  • Level: graduate
  • Discipline: Architecture
  • Program: M.Arch +2
  • Instructor: Yaohua Wang

In this thesis, language happens as a by-product of the figure and ground caught in this visual interaction, where the architecture is trying to seek out and understand its ground. What that does is create a visual tension between them where the architecture has an internal logic or cognition of its own interaction.

So it becomes less about the figure and ground and more about the behavior of this figure/ground interacting, or we can say it is less about the object and more about its objectness.

In this thesis, language is not seen as a means for a building to convey its identity but rather language is seen for its expressive qualities that allow an architecture to be self-referential to its type.