Matthew Schneider (website)
Princeton University School of Architecture
Core Studio
Faculty: Axel Killian (website)


Two cathedrals were chosen as subjects of study for their ability to be dissected into their parts. With each cathedral being split into their four respective parts, it has allowed for a reassembling and colliding of bodies to happen.

The new assemblages have been considered on three different terms:

  1. The collision of their whole parts with everything intact
  2. The collision of the footprints and the new poche as a result of the collision
  3. The outlined silhouette of the resulting assemblage

Fifty different variations have been produced for each version of assemblage. In the venture to create a new whole from the mixture of parts, one variation was chosen at random from the new poche version pool.

While the new assemblage is now considered a new whole, rather than a collection of parts, the parts were still to maintain a small form of identity as they acted as a program organizing agent. Different types of program are contained within the implied volumes of the parts, while circulation through out the new body is contained within the outside edges of the poche.

This type of arrangement subscribes to the idea of fluctuating atmospheres contained within the new whole, but essentially remains programless; in other words, the arrangement has no specific program, but instead allows for a collection of programs to seamlessly exist within the same body.


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