Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Robson, William M URN etd-12092002-103314 Title What can the site give to the building and the building to the site? Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Holt, Jaan Committee Chair Kagawa, Ronald M. Committee Member Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member Keywords
- natural environment
- Site and building
- building in nature
Date of Defense 2002-05-26 Availability restricted AbstractThis thesis explores the relationship between the "constructed" (built) environment and the natural environment. What defines such a relationship and can the relationship be formulated? Surely a successful union is much like a marriage whereby one part is better than either of the individual parts. This thesis is an exploration into that relationship. It explores the nature of the built environment through the construction in the natural environment. In addition, it explores the possibility of utilizing a set of guidelines to assist the designer in the creation of such a relationship.
The project type (Retreat Center) itself opens the door to possibilities by carving out the natural environment. It proposes that through careful design considerations a harmony can exist between man's built environs and the earth's natural environment.
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