2012 M. Arch Thesis Studio. Advisers: Raveevarn Choksombatchai and Mark Anderson.
While high performance sustainable technologies have become prevalent in the building industry, they are often concealed behind surfaces, missing the opportunity to galvanize social involvement in reducing our negative impact on a threatened ecosystem. My masters thesis aims to forge a new consciousness of sustainability through architecture that reveals the currently hidden processes that support modern life. This proposal imagines an interface between users and the built environment that engages the public with more ecologically minded practices. Public programs meander through an industrial infrastructure, shaping a unique perspective of the workings of an urban pork slaughterhouse that treats and reuses its own wastewater. The stages of pork processing and treatment of waste materials are revealed via architectural elements that simultaneously fulfill both sensual and technological demands. As the normally shunned practices of animal slaughter and waste treatment are crafted for inclusion within the public realm, they are given new merit within the public conscience.