This week, the School of Architecture is showcasing the thesis work of graduate student TM Peterson.

“Themes on a Fallow House” is a discursive conversation centered around the themes of memory, nostalgia, history, place, object, fragmentation, and vernacular within the American landscape. Working with his grandfather’s farmhouse as a specific example and architecture as a medium, TM explores these themes to create a position within the realm of the built environment.

On a larger scale, the thesis can be seen as a conversation about the spoliation of the American vernacular as an object within the American landscape. A broader question might also be asked: what is it that we do with the fragments and remains of the past and how do they influence our future?