Ashley Hickman

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Labored Fold: Domestic Form

Advised by Andrew Holder

Las Vegas is a city of duplicates; it appears at first only complicated. Buildings on the Strip duplicate neighboring buildings, implicate antecedent versions of themselves, and replicate other cities. The multiplication of duplicate forms can be explicated (unfolded) to reveal apparently similar but separately applied interests. This thesis posits the plication (the fold) as a device capable of uniting near duplicates such as the new high-speed rail and existing low speed rail, the city of Las Vegas proper and unincorporated Clark County (the Strip), the service worker and the tourist, modes of transportation for the tourist and those for the resident, and high-density housing with a civic building. 

The history of plication can be traced as both a product of domestic labor and a subject of intellectual inquiry. The lineage of the fold includes its appearance in Jacques Ozanam’s Récréationsmathématiques et physiques (1694) employed as a teaching device, as a method of decorating tables with folded napkins in early contemporary cookbooks such as Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861), as a topic of study disseminated through the history of home economics, and as a theoretical framework in Deleuze’s The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque (1988). 

This thesis interrogates the fold for its latent political potential and speculates on the generation of productive discontinuities.

Plan with arrows

Rendered model showing entrance to train station and a section of multi-family housing.

Interior rendering of train station concourse and people walking through it.

Diagram of building massing with arrows showing folding locations.

Longitudinal section drawing of building showing two train station boarding areas, a central concourse, and multi-family housing above.

Roof plan of building with surrounding context of Las Vegas including Interstate-5 on the left and the Las Vegas Strip on the right.