Deconstructing the Fourth Wall: Directions for an Urban Mise-en-Scène

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Creator: 

Smith, Paige Mackenzie

Date: 

2016

Abstract: 

In the ever-expanding context of the digital age, theatre is the one remaining art form incapable of reproduction or possession. The survival of performance can be attributed to its ability to create spaces and conditions that contain the illusion and magic of spectacle. However, by deconstructing the fourth wall, this space can be viewed as an extension of, rather than a container for performance.

This thesis will analyze the theatrical potential of public spaces within an urban context, informed and enhanced by the notion of performance in architecture as an autonomous event. These moments of civic theatricality are derived from the reciprocal relationship of theory and theatre as historical precedents. They are facilitated by the implementation of architectural conditions and intervention, following a framework that traces a narrative thread throughout the city.

Subject: 

Architecture
Theater
Urban and Regional Planning

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Architecture: 
M.Arch.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Architecture

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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