Title page for ETD etd-4898-94022


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shirley, Bruce Jarrett
Author's Email Address smbw@erols.com
URN etd-4898-94022
Title The Ratio of Forces: Their Application Within the Initiation of a Village
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Egger, Dayton Eugene Committee Chair
Blizard, Mark A. Committee Member
Braaten, Ellen B. Committee Member
Mitchell, Larry D. Committee Member
Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Member
Keywords
  • renovation
  • plaza
  • tower
  • village
  • forces in architecture
  • complimenting architecture
Date of Defense 1997-09-23
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In discovering and forming thoughts about architecture

I came to harbor a theory for all things around and within

me. A complimenting ratio of forces that, thought their

union, create a third equally important force. 1 + 1 = 3.

This concept is presented here in its raw form thought

the use of analogies and examples, then separated into

five simple categories demonstrating its use within

architecture: Preservation, Restoration, Renovation,

Addition, New Fabrication. Architectural integrity of

any given project is reviled by the character and skill

of the architect's manipulation of the contributing

forces present.

As an in depth example of how these ratios of forces can

be applied to an architectural project, an abandoned coal

mine sited in Montgomery County, Virginia is selected for

the initiation of a village. The historic forces of the

Tower and Plaza are transferred to the individual and

private scale aiding in the development of the village

unit. Existing structures and site features compliment

new elements creating the town fabric of units and streets

as well as the village's own towers and plazas. A community

created trough renovation -complimenting forces.

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