Author: Natasha Basir
Final Fantasy: A Two-Part Architectural Fairytale
Studio: MArch Thesis
Advisors: Yvan Cazabon and Roger Connah
This thesis is an attempt to explore architecture and its relationship to storytelling. Architecture can be believed to exist as a fictional story, designed through the process of the architect’s imagination. However, in some cases, representations of the architect’s “utopian” architecture can be more convincing than the architecture itself. The connection between architecture and storytelling is examined through the seductive qualities of early 20th century architecture, considering New York Art Deco as a style that successfully performs the tale of the “American dream,” utopian ideals presented by European architects following World War I, and films that focused on making the public wary of the future through fictional dystopian fantasies. These topics are compared to the contemporary world and the on-going issues society continuously faces, presuming that an optimistic future is hard to imagine. This thesis explores these concepts and envisions what might be an unsettling contemporary fairy tale for the future, yet at the same time warn readers that this two-part fictional story could be true—if current tendencies prevail.