Advisor: Daekwon Park

We live in a world with increasing degrees of interdependencies, complexities, and uncertainties. Globalization, urbanization, environmental degradation, and ideological divisions require architects to tackle the broader social, economic, political, cultural, environmental, and technological issues of our time. These projects explore complex issues involved in food accessibility, natural and artificial ecosystems, political engagement, community identity, and waste management. How can a grocery store foster healthy food consumption? How can an artificial architectural system restore the delicate and complex coral reef ecosystem? What can we learn from natural systems to tackle man-made environmental challenges? How can an architectural system for protest foster a transparent and free exchange of ideas? Can a renewed traditional market serve as a hub for restoring local communities? How can current waste management practices and processes be systematically improved?