Title page for ETD etd-12262006-152632


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hirschmann, Gregory Scott
Author's Email Address greghi@vt.edu
URN etd-12262006-152632
Title Filled With Absence: Spaces for Mourning
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Member
Keywords
  • Mourning
  • Pure Form
  • Shadow
  • Cremation
Date of Defense 2006-12-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Long ago the stories common to men were clearly present in their architecture. Sculpture, mosaics, paintings, stained-glass windows, all blatantly told the beginning, the morals, the epics, and future of humanity. Today these elements have all but disappeared along with the stories that they told. One story still common to humanity is the act of death, transcending culture, nationality, or creed. The pages to follow disclose an architecture for the emotional state of mourning. The seven spaces of this architecture exist in three dimensions: the narrative, the emotive, and sacred.

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