This thesis centers around the disciplinary question: How might architects employ nonarchitectural precedents—histories of exclusion or oppression—as sites to project architecture from?
Through both text and design work, an architectural disposition is constructed from the dis-positional fabric of the Japanese American camps that were set up to incarcerate Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. Misappropriation is developed as a device to enable the construction of a position, and therefore an architecture, from an otherwise bleak history of dispositionality, or territorial dispossession. Threads are traced from the Japanese American camps to a working definition of “American camp” that follow recurrent and contemporary American histories of exclusion, incarceration, and colonialism and their implications on and within architecture.
Misappropriation is deviant, appropriative, and messy in its act.
Misappropriation is deliberately not appropriate.
Misappropriation says, if it is a wall, then it is architecture.