• MArch

    A. Ryan Coleman
    Alix Daguin
    Aubrey Davidson
    Benjamin Leavitt
    Blake Hudelson
    Cesar Adrian Lopez
    Clara Tresgallo
    Clarissa Urquico
    Dane Bunton
    David Fredlund
    Desiree Fox
    Edgardo Peña
    Garrett Ryan Miller
    Greg Baker
    Hadit Mejia Castro
    Jaime Pangelinan
    Jasmine Zhou
    Kenneth Lin
    Kristina Kotlier
    Lawrence Davidson
    Lee Seon Hou
    Matthew Arnold
    Michael Atherton
    Mulhem Khogeer
    Nastaran Mousavi
    Osma Dossani
    Philip Jones
    Sarah Lucy Estephan
    Tammy LePham
    Zachary Moore

  • Benjamin Leavitt - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    Benjamin Leavitt

    Museum of the Urban Assemblage Section Perspective
    Museum of the Urban Assemblage Model
    The Boardwalk Market Hall Perspective
    The Boardwalk Cross Section
    Fallingwater Precedent Model
    Rhizomatic Lighting Module
    Displaced Ground Perspective
    Displaced Ground Section
    Nomadic Property Exploded Perspective
    Nomadic Property Site Axon

    Museum of the Urban Assemblage Section Perspective

    Digital Print, 2011

    Museum of the Urban Assemblage Model

    Mixed Media, 2011

    The Boardwalk Market Hall Perspective

    Digital Print, 2012

    The Boardwalk Cross Section

    Digital Print, 2012

    Fallingwater Precedent Model

    Wood, Rockite, 2010

    Rhizomatic Lighting Module

    Hemp Composite, 2011

    Displaced Ground Perspective

    Digital Print, 2012

    Displaced Ground Section

    Digital Print, 2012

    Nomadic Property Exploded Perspective

    Digital Print, 2013

    Nomadic Property Site Axon

    Digital Print, 2013

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    The Boardwalk Market Hall Perspective thumbnail
    The Boardwalk Cross Section thumbnail
    Fallingwater Precedent Model thumbnail
    Rhizomatic Lighting Module thumbnail
    Displaced Ground Perspective thumbnail
    Displaced Ground Section thumbnail
    Nomadic Property Exploded Perspective thumbnail
    Nomadic Property Site Axon thumbnail

    benleav@gmail.com

    Thesis Abstract

    Nomadic Property: Spatial Opportunism of the Commons

    The system of real property ownership, consisting of land or buildings, delimits urban form and experience and often inflexibly prioritizes private value over communal experience. While some pre-modern precedents of the commons (a system of sharing resources) have been maintained elsewhere, the United States, in particular, largely upholds a rigid system of private ownership and use. However the influence of a volatile economy, social dynamics, and temporal use patterns destabilize this system leaving certain parcels fallow for periods of time. Though “property” often implies an object of ownership, it is also synonymous with a quality or characteristic. These subjective properties define a place but are not necessarily tied to a particular location. Thus an alternative concept of property can exist outside of the legal boundaries of object or location as mobile and nomadically seeking spatial opportunity. How can this alternative definition of property enable the communal use of these sites within fallow periods? What alternative loopholes can be exploited to enable this appropriation into the domain of the common?

    The concept of nomadic property manifests as a field manual, identifying specific aspects of property that can be exploited through a set of spatial and architectural tactics. This toolkit is adaptable to different conditions of place, time, and particular manifestations of the commons.