Viola Ago completed the Thesis project named Blush, while studying at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. The idea of the Thesis is to express the façade of a building through the facial qualities presented in a human portrait.

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Looking at the face as a hole, the geometry make up suggests that dividing the portraiture into hierarchical elements can help with its architectural representation.

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The author’s interpretation of blush looks into the way an architect expresses the façade of a building without conforming to the norm. From this you can conclude that the author looks at the façade as a playground in which architects are free to express them selves.

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For the design Viola created a building that blushes through colors embedded within the material. This meant the blushing is architecturally introduced rather than being something done through visual effects.

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As blushing is an effect on the human skin, so does the blushing of the building is an effect on the material. Just as the materials is the skin of the building, as skin is to humans.

By Shanaire Blythe

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