ENACTING DEMOCRACY

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  • Huan Fang
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  • Committee: Rene Davids | Roddy Creedon | Lisa Iwamoto
  • water, landscape + architecture

Traditional large reflective pools in Government complexes are the symbol of power but ironically not the democracy they allege to represent. This thesis proposes to transform those monuments into the symbols of the power of the people, the essence of democracy, by developing them into dynamic, nonprogram-specific, unoriginal scale, memorial space which is for individualism.

As a test case we will transform the Washington Mall, currently isolated from everyday urban life in Washington into a “living memorial”, explore and draw inspiration from a swamp, a landscape that is sensitive to changing ecological conditions, a strong metaphor to display democracy by going back to the reality and truth of this specific site.