Architecture as Power: Dynamics of Spatial Configuration
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This thesis investigates the concept of power in architecture. The system of ‘Space Syntax’ is utilized to describe the configurational properties of spatial networks for an understanding of spatial political economy—how certain spaces have power based on their configuration and level of connectivity within a network. The result is an analytical language of architectural methods and techniques which explain power. The typology of the company town is used as a point of reference to understand the intersection of economic, technological, and social factors, their corresponding influence on spatial configurations, and the resulting power dynamics. Technological communication and social connectivity are abstracted to architectural elements of light and glass, and open or closed situations. These elements are employed in a series of site-less and scaleless studies to develop social constructs as architectural spaces. This thesis shows the role of architecture in networks of power and the resulting sociospatial relationships through the development of a robust framework. It provides a clear design methodology for the explanation of how spatial configurations manifest power in architecture.