Grounding the Multitude
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The thesis investigates alternative visions of democracy through a design project that allows different public groups and individuals to more actively participate in the political realm. The site for the proposed project is the UN Headquarters in New York City, chosen for its juxtaposition of old and new world orders. The project manifests its vision through an architectural representation intended as a platform of multiplicities. Using tools from the backdrop of everyday life: security needs and communication, it attempts to break the static nature of the UN by making it more interactive--like the borderless, virtual world of the Internet we increasingly inhabit today-- and through its new architectural framework to create a self-perpetuating system for social justice.