Instead, a vulnerable and intimate architecture centers the vulnerable body to uncover unique, pluralistic, personal intimacies.

MARIANNA MAYA ORZECHOWSKA, MArch

On Boundaries + Apertures:
Drawing A Vulnerable + Intimate Architecture



The boundaries and apertures of home are not separate from but play an active role in a politics of body and social body health. As both the idea of home and housing fail increasing numbers of people, this thesis seeks alternatives to home’s narrative of utopic internal intimacy that endorses retreat and a relationship of nonresponsibility vis à vis the public realm. It suggests the result is dystopic in its concealment and exacerbation of vulnerability and its resistance to change. Instead, a vulnerable and intimate architecture centers the vulnerable body to uncover unique, pluralistic, personal intimacies. To draw out the uncanny, repressed and emotional in home, Five Principles are proposed based on Corbusier’s calibration of the subject and values of modern architecture. It seems time to reevaluate architecture’s inside and outside, to speculate on new homes and new understanding of self in relation to one's neighbours, in the broadest sense.







Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.