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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ramaswamy, Deepa
URN etd-11282005-213225
Title Thresholds and Transitions: Inbetween the public and private realm
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Member
Keywords
  • Passing spaces
  • Spaces between buildings
  • Deliberate confrontation of heterogeneous elements
  • Transitional moments
  • Intervene and Choreograph
Date of Defense 2005-07-08
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
My thesis is an attempt to examine and study the in-between spaces between buildings.With my design as a vehicle, taking an entire block of Blacksburg, I have tried to explore the idea by which one could offer a transitional moment between buildings. The in-between spaces provide an opportunity to intervene and choreograph a space which re-engages the dweller through repetitive distractions. The design combines residential spaces with commercial establishments creating a mixed use condition in a city block which in its density, constantly alternates between the public and private realms. The resultant spaces between the buildings are spaces which are a combination of the planned and the improvised, in a constant state of flux forming the "passing place".

The spaces could create subtle interconnections which can be exploited and temporal experiences could be defined through architectural interpretation of transitional spaces.Mixing uses is one approach in architecture that assists in making lively thresholds.

I project the idea of a deliberate hetrogeneity in architecture, where opposing objects are placed together as a part of a strategy to create complex and compelling buildings and their in-between spaces.

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