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Master of Architecture






This Thesis is a creative project within the fields of Women's Studies and Architecture. It focuses on how gender is encoded and decoded in architectural spaces, especially those considered 'feminine' archetypes. The objective is to understand the circumstances surrounding the alteration of prescriptive spaces by the people that inhabit them and to lend character to these "after-spaces" through graphic and literary representation. The site of investigation is the Venetian Renaissance convent. One of the earliest convents in Venice, San Zaccaria has a rich history. As a liberal Benedictine convent, it was notorious for its noble roster as it was for the illicit acts that took place within. Ironically, once a home to vice, it now houses the Carabinieri, the Italian Military Police. Vacillating between discipline and indiscipline, the turbulence of these two forces that once filled its walls challenged not just the strength of the foundation of the church but also that of the Renaissance Republic. The places of interest in the confines of the convent are the places that 'contain' the possibility of slippages. Places that potentially house and invite actions against discipline while requiring still yet a different system of rules by which to subvert the order. These places are architecture's spatial refuse, yet become a welcomed refuge for those who entered under the 'guise' of divine intentions. They are the focus of this thesis.

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Carissa Ann Gavin



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