Title page for ETD etd-01162000-15540021

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Waltz, Christopher S.
URN etd-01162000-15540021
Title At The Water's Edge: The Grid in Coastal Construction
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Wang, Joseph J. Committee Member
  • grid
  • coastal architecture
  • hurricane resistance
Date of Defense 1999-07-29
Availability unrestricted
The Outer Banks are a special place at the end of land and the beginning of water, and yet, most of the houses built on these islands seem to take no notice. A drive down the beach road reveals house after house that are essentially suburban dwellings raised above flood level on piles. This project proposes that oceanfront homes should not be pale imitations of inland housing, but rather as unique as the environment in which they exist. The architect must design for the long term needs of the client and use elements dictated by the environment as integral parts of the design to create a building that is both responsive to and reflective of the condition that occurs at the water's edge.
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