Title page for ETD etd-02202006-212950


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Simko, Charles A
Author's Email Address c.simko@iqmail.net
URN etd-02202006-212950
Title Theoretical Architecture in Structures of Dense Urban Reform
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
  • Agora
  • Fractal
  • Theory
  • Urban Design
  • Architecture
Date of Defense 2006-02-10
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This paper identifies a range of elements and principles useful for the development of an urban theoretical architecture. Acceptance of nature as a design element and in particular the use of nature to bound nodes of high density development are explored. The use of fractal geometry to distribute the urban footprint upon the landscape is introduced along with a tacit development of methodology making the application of fractal geometry useful. Building height restrictions are suggested as usefull to create urban walls and maintain views for tall buildings. It is proposed that the basic unit of urban design and development is a high intensity urban cell. Elements crucial to the life of urban cells are identified. The importance of architectural character in developing the identity of urban space is reinforced and explored.
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