Title page for ETD etd-04302004-180640

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nossen-Johnson, Patricia Sabina
URN etd-04302004-180640
Title S+M=L
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Chair
Brown, William W. Committee Member
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
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Date of Defense 2003-01-29
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Order in design, whether in music or a building

comes from bringing together parts to make a

whole. These parts can have an autonomous

existence separately and combine to formulate

a different event collectively.

This thesis is a study of how a building

accommodates to the changing needs of a

diverse community. It does this by investigating

to what end two neighboring apartments, one

small and one medium-sized could combine to

develop into one large apartment, and revert

back again to two apartments when the needs

of the inhabitants change. This concept could

be paralleled to Jazz, where the musicians find

means of altering the sound of the music

through improvisation between the notes of the

song. The structure of the building like the notes

of the melody provides the stationary component

and forms the rhythmic beat between the

apartments. The pauses or gaps between the

structure provide the opportunity for flexibility

and improvisation. The melody of the

construction comes from the integration of the

repetitious permanent structural elements, semipermanent

conditions and spontaneously

alterable parts. The orchestration of these

components allows the building to transform and

experience an altering production of its own.

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