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MArch Thesis

Grace Shih-En Chang
2018 – Thesis Advisor: Mason White

Pause.

While we understand movement as displacement over time, our perception of motion is largely dependent on stillness, as we register movement relative to stillness. This thesis focuses on the pause, or the form of stillness that exists between acts of movement.

The proposal considers New York Subway Stations as sites for pause. Through a series of design interventions, pauses along the network are exposed and injected with programming to create reasons for pause. Together, these moments start to cultivate an understanding of the city as a series of pauses rather than as vectors of motion.