Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Silverman, Richard L. URN etd-11142013-040018 Title The Villa Savannah Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Humberto Rodriguez Camilloni Committee Chair Mark A. Blizard Committee Member Steven Thompson Committee Member Keywords
- Urban design
- Urban housing
Date of Defense 1996-06-06 Availability restricted AbstractSince the collapse of modernism, the study of traditional
urban design principles have increasingly drawn the attention
of architects interested in the development of an enduring
theory and practice of architecture. This thesis supports the
position that an architect be able to comprehend the concept of
. a city as a prelude to architectural design. As the architect
Francesco di Giorgio wrote in the fifteenth century,
"architecture is a distinctly urban art, so the design of cities
comes first, because this is the context in which buildings are
constructed." The topic of this thesis, a house in the city of
Savannah, is presented to reaffirm those principles that di
Giorgio and others laid down more than a half millennium ago.
As argued in this thesis, a building may be thought of as urban
only if it supports the original concept for the city. That urban
concept can be found through a study of the urban plan as well
as through the study of urban history. Given an understanding
of the urban plan and the original concept, an architect may
begin to form a basis for design.
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