Reagan G. Potts

Document Type

Honors Thesis


This undergraduate thesis delves into the concept of megastructures in architecture, which refers to futuristic proposals and experimental designs in urban development during the early 1960s. The study focuses on investigating the potential social and environmental problems that may arise as megastructures become more prevalent in urban design due to technological advancements. The research is significant as it has the potential to impact the architecture community positively. By presenting well-informed insights, designers can make better decisions and address social and environmental issues that may arise due to the implementation of megastructures. The methodology employed in this research involves a comprehensive examination of existing literature and published knowledge on megastructures, followed by a thorough analysis using the lens of sociology and environmental sustainability. The thesis offers an in-depth exploration of megastructures in architecture, addressing crucial social and environmental issues and presenting a creative solution through a design project. The author hopes that the research will add value to the ongoing discourse and development of megastructures, leading to more sustainable and socially responsible urban design in the future. Overall, this study is a promising contribution to the field of architecture, and its findings have the potential to influence the industry positively. Thisthesis highlights the importance of using design as a tool for creating positive change in the world, and architects have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the urban landscape issustainable, socially responsible, and functional.

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