Author : Chanel Dehond

University : University of Waterloo, School of Architecture

Status : MArch, 2015

Advisor : Robert Jan Van Pelt

Title : A Series

A series is comprised of five illustrated short fictions that construct metaphysical space – the way an author might construct a single room or entire world in your mind.

ABSTRACT

I have written a series of abstracts

— an infinite string of summaries with formal and functional resemblances —

none of which ended up in my thesis.

The complication was that of practicality,

none of the abstracts could concisely contain

the space of my content (concisely being of 150 to 350 words).

Space

— a fairly familiar concept within architecture —

is defined by the dimensionality within which all things exist

(length, width, height, depth, etc.)

– this includes, but is not limited to, outer space.

However, our capacity to interpret space, is restricted by our ability to measure it.

The following series of illustrated short fictions that envision sites

in which my philosophical theories are spatialized,

do not fit into these measurable spatial limits.

As such, there is an absence of an abstract.

Yet, the absence of the abstract

is not an absence at all.

It is a     v o i d

that I have constructed for you, the reader.

A            v o i d

that did not exist before this moment,

but now exists as a potential for knowledge,

a space that you can choose to

inhabit

by

reading

on.

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At precisely 150 astronomical units from the earth, humankind’s farthest space probe was halted. The Deep space network received radio waves transmitting the space probe’s collision with an unforeseen mass.

On this interstellar mission, for the advancement of human knowledge, the space probe was programmed to continuously

d i s t a n  c   e  itself from the Earth’s surface. In the case of confrontation, this 1.5 tonne apparatus would recalibrate its trajectory to complete its expedition.

The boundary persisted infinitely, at the given radius (precisely 150 astronomical units) from the earth, and thus was made the greatest human discovery to date

– the discovery that changed the perception of the entire race –

the discovery of

a crust

surrounding

the universe.

 

The

reverberant

sound

of the

collision

was

unbearably great,

though

– in the vacuum of the universe –

unheard.

The complexity of this circumstance

b r  o   a    d     e       n        e         d

exponentially, as the truth revealed itself.

The answer to

the ultimate question of life,

the universe,

and everything

was indeed beyond the crust

– beyond innumerable crusts.

Yet, just beyond the “Outer” Earth

– beyond both Earths –

were innumerable Earths.

Innumerable Earths with men still unknowing,

existing as Russian nesting dolls in a limitless set.

The complexity of this circumstance

e x  p   a    n     d      e       d.

There existed a black hole in the mammalian brain, and the black hole was the method of traversing the multiverse,

thus,

the discovery of the black hole in the mammalian brain indoctrinated dreaming as a voyage into the multiverse.

 

And it began at the highest altitude,

on the highest landform,

in the highest architecture,

within the highest room,

to an elder of the highest age.

The elder of the highest age,

within the highest room,

in the highest architecture,

on the highest landform,

at the highest altitude, had the lowest immunity.

 

The baby aged like all babies do.

And with each age, the senses degraded.

The child – great sense,

the youth – good sense,

the adult   – bare sense,

the elder          – bad sense

and

the deceased – non-sense.

 

The better part of the population gathered for

the end of the world,

while the cynical realists persisted.

The end of the world

was an indiscriminate happening, as the end of the Sun – the ball of energy in which the solar system revolved – meant the inevitable end of humanity.

Interview

S // A: What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Chanel Dehond_ “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain
“A series” explores the “possibilities” of architecture, space and design through fiction.

S//A: What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
CD_ Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, Philosophy, Psychology, Illustration and Creative Writing.

S//A: Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
CD_ How a pineapple grows:
Against common sense, pineapples do not grow on trees – they grow from the ground, out of the center of a leafy, aloe-like plant.
The moral of the pineapple is that there are infinite unknowns with the potential to become knowns. It is important to continually learn.

S//A: Describe your dream project
CD_ I would love to write and illustrate a column in a design publication.