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Katherine Mazade


Mazade is a third year architecture student at Auburn University. She was selected as one of the top ten finalists in the 2016 Alabama Forestry Association Wood Design Competition for her submission of Threshold. She has received the Parker A. Narrows Architecture Scholarship in 2015 and the Charles Mount Study Abroad Scholarship in 2016.

This designed submission for the Preservation as Provocation competition features three main aspects: the Farnsworth House preservation, the new structure, and the visitors’ experiential path. Through these components the Farnsworth House is revitalized as an architectural pilgrimage site. The proposal for the flood mitigation technique is a buoyant foundation. Buoyant foundations are intended to be retrofitted to existing houses to lift the structure out of the water in disaster conditions. In the proposed solution, a concrete framework containing floatation elements will be installed underneath the Farnsworth House. The main concept for the design of the visitor center is the transition through a series of thresholds. The significant checkpoints within the visitor center and along the prescribed path allow the guests to distance themselves from the outside world and tune into the history and serenity of the Farnsworth House. As the guests beginning the journey towards the Farnsworth House, the building itself directs their path. As the visitors walk towards their main destination, they cross more thresholds in the forms of bridges. The guests return to the visitor center by way of Peter Palumbo’s drive and allay of trees, completing the tour of the evolution of the site.

Preservation as Provocation: Threshold, digital prints, 20” x 20” and model, 20” x 40”, 2016

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