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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Saito, Ryohei
Author's Email Address rsaito@vt.edu
URN etd-01172009-021225
Title Inhabitants Within Threshold (Threshold as Antidote for Urban Density)
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Holt, Jaan Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Hostel
  • Threshold
  • Ma
  • Intermediary
  • Intermediate
  • In-between
  • Urban Density
  • Territories
  • Inhabitants
  • Dwellings
Date of Defense 2008-10-31
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The objective of my thesis is to explore and re-define the relationship between

threshold and urban density. Threshold is an architectural medium, which divides and bridges spaces with certain meanings. Density is the defining character of the urban condition expressed consistently at different scales: from a city to a block, to a building and to the human habitation. My design project is about an application of threshold in architectural design within the context of urban density. The efficacy of threshold is tested in both external and internal conditions: the existing condition of the site and the internal workings of the program. To test the thesis, a design of a youth hostel in Washington D.C. was undertaken.

The experiment was carried out with the following hypotheses:

1) that threshold is an architectural instrument that mitigates the urban density.

and 2) that threshold negotiates the territories among the inhabitants.

The design experiment demonstrated the hypotheses and therefore, confirmed the relationship between threshold and urban density.

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