Alchemical Creation

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dc.contributor.advisor Morris, E en Thomas, Lloyd en 2014-08-12T21:55:34Z en 2014 en
dc.identifier.citation 2013 en
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dc.description.abstract The practice of alchemy has for centuries driven alchemists to attempt to attain the impossible, through a process of creation supporting the development of modern chemistry. This discipline has since been made obsolete, as rationality and reason replaced an unending desire to transform our landscape and achieve immortality. The alchemist sought the transformation of matter and of self, through a practice with roots in both the tangible and mystical. A language of symbols and drawings was used to both hide and reveal their secrets. ‘Alchemical Creation’ investigates methods of production and transformation that have the potential to influence architecture. This thesis examines architectural production through the lens of alchemy. Production is sought through discovery, with the aim of creating an alchemical architectural practice informed by the work of modern alchemists and their transformation of matter. A series of drawn, built and theoretical works are examined, demonstrating the ways in which this practice exists. The modern alchemist can be seen in our studios and institutions pioneering new methods of transformation, using advanced technologies currently at their disposal. This thesis argues that the methods of this modern alchemical community will reveal modes of contemporary creation with which architecture can be invigorated. en
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dc.title Alchemical Creation en
dc.type Thesis en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-08-13 en
dc.identifier.wikidata Q112907328

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