Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Primary Advisor

Giovanni Loreto

Secondary Advisor

Liz Martin


The thesis approaches building façade design from a couture point of view. Examining closer the cloth of the building and its inhabitants. It approaches design from a fashion start, turning dresses into building dresses, thus relating it to its textile origin. Initially, the analysis of dress vs façade falls into 4 categories materiality, layering, exoskeleton, and responsive. Building upon the analysis, essentially the outcome of the thesis is to adaptively redress a high rise. The focused runway is Broadway Street from Penn Station to Times Square. The questions become, What is the appropriate modern day building dress? Can this envelope become inhabitable? How to tackle adaptive reuse and respect aged architecture?

“Textiles were the first form of architecture” Gottfried Semper, 19th century

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