Title page for ETD etd-07262011-122230


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Montanio, Bryan Thomas
Author's Email Address bmonty23@vt.edu
URN etd-07262011-122230
Title an Architecture Manufactum
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Keywords
  • variation
  • imperfection
  • idiosyncratic
  • handmade
  • earth
  • drawing
  • cob
  • character
Date of Defense 2011-07-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The human hand, in building as in art, has left its impression on all the earliest forms of architecture. Its mark has been one of imperfection, variation, and uniqueness, and with these traits the personification of something innately human. This character, instilled into any work, immortalizes the idiosyncrasies descriptive of its creator. Rather than viewed as anachronism, inculcating the human component, ‘manufactum’, into modern design reacquaints us with our own capricious temperaments. As powerful tools of the contemporary world heighten our faculty for exactitude, the prudence remains as to whether and when it is appropriate to do so.
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