Title page for ETD etd-04182012-162348


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hartley, Ashton Elizabeth
Author's Email Address ashtonhartleyvt@gmail.com
URN etd-04182012-162348
Title An Architectural Response to Movement
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
Keywords
  • movement layers transparency circulation
Date of Defense 2011-09-26
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In an effort to bolster Old Town Alexandria Virginia’s burgeoning reputation as a mecca for the arts, I chose to design a dance center, set in what is currently a large parking lot adjacent to King Street's terminus at the Potomac River. Given the importance of movement to my site, especially in terms of pedestrians and the Potomac River, a dance center is a fitting building type.

To aid in crafting a cohesive building that spoke to both the demands of the site and the programmatic needs of a dance center, I looked to movement as the answer to all design quandaries: movement as thesis. I developed a stepped parti- a concept informed by strategies to invite, accommodate, and glorify movement. All elements of the building reinforce this parti to create a holistic building. The building follows the ascension of a primary staircase, and is supported by a multitude of columns, simultaneously reminiscent of a corps de ballet and an enchanted forest, both staples in the classical story ballet.

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