Typology versus the City Seminar Project/2015.5
Advisor: Hilary Sample
The facade is the representative frontage of a building, lending it its character. The most expressive sides of the building, however, are not always those originally planned as facades. Also, In many cases, the front facades are not represented as originally designed. This little book archives the unusual facades of the unspectacular buildings in New York City. The collection of photographs is comprised of leeward and side walls(supposed to be hidden but are now exposed), facades under construction or termporary modifications, and walls that are unintentionally peculiar in geometries. The images of the facades can be seen as the portraits of people. There are traces on the faces that reveals its history in relation to its context, just like the wrinkles and scars on the human face tells the story of his or hers. The image of the side facades is like the portrait of a person’s profile, though not intended as the frontal image of the character, still illustrates the dwellings of our built past.
An online archive can be accessed here.