Type of Document Master's Thesis Author McBride, Megara Anne URN etd-08252010-133617 Title Architectural Mutualism: A Marriage of Old and New Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2010-07-23 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe dialogue between old and new architecture is a conversation brought to the forefront of the conservationist movement and city planning efforts as cities expand to their physical limits and eco-friendly reuse options become mainstream. As designers try and achieve a mutual respect between existing buildings and modern interventions, we are often faced with the dilemma of not only deciding which architectural artifacts should remain but also how to compose the different historic and modern layers in a way that formulates a new and more dynamic whole as a result of the interaction.
The following thesis is an adaptive reuse project of a historically and architecturally significant, turn of the century firehouse located in northwest Washington, DC. This architectural endeavor seeks to find a mutually respectful balance between old and new architecture while highlighting the clear differences in building materials, design aesthetic, and construction methods.
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