Architects and designers have traditionally been taught to design toward stasis. From the perspective of expert overview and institution, designers take on the role of problem solver, packaging the complex and chaotic into a visually simple and cohesive whole. However, sooner or later the array of human activities, individual acts of appropriation and improvisational movements challenge ideals set out by the designer. This thesis considers the spatial dimensions and characteristics of a New York City post office as a starting point and considers ways in which to both incite and support personal agency.
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