Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Boal, Bradley A Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-06152005-135833 Title Connections: Material Time & Place Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jones, James R. Committee Chair Galloway, William U. Committee Member Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member Keywords
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Date of Defense 2005-05-13 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe way things connect with each other plays an important role in our everyday life. A work of architecture is inevitably a series of connections between objects, people, and places. This study is an exploration into the idea of strengthening the connections to a place, and perhaps it is possible to give the visitor a heightened awareness of the history of that place. As a part of what allows a building to connect with a place, history and memory play a vital role in the strength of the connection. A building can be a physical manifestation of the story of history and connect people to the past.
The materials we use to construct built environments play a crucial role in the connection of a building to a place. Inherently some materials embody the history of a site, and through the passage of time this history can be brought to the surface. The question then becomes can the material subtly project the history of the place to a visitor in such a way that it can be clearly understood. One way this can be accomplished is to make the material react with multiple senses. Obviously materials play a major role in our visual and tactile experience of a place, but how can the other senses be made aware of the surroundings.
Each object we touch has a story to tell, perhaps how it was made, or maybe how it came to be in a certain place. So in this way a building is a compilation of stories of materials, and the relation of these stories can help us to understand a place. The stories embedded in materials can at the same time make us aware of the passage of time through their aging and decay. With these ideas we start to explore how the connections to a place occur.
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