Title page for ETD etd-05112012-193457

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Namvary, Shaheen
URN etd-05112012-193457
Title Re-Presenting Memory
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
  • memory
  • old and new
  • potter
  • detail
  • joint
Date of Defense 2011-09-26
Availability unrestricted
My architectural thesis began with a desire to investigate the relationship between old and new in architecture.

Each city has a history of its own, with old structures and new structures that are in constant dialogue, perhaps directly next to or within one another. The questions that arise from this dialogue captivated me to investigate what my own architectural response would be in such a context. I looked to the architectural joint at various scales, from the parti at the scale of the city, to the point where your hand makes contact with the building. The study of the detail provided an opportunity to heighten the architectural experience and capture a moment that would show the true nature of time.

I searched my architectural imagination for answers (and more questions) through the scope of a proposed renovation and addition to an existing duplex structure located in the Le Droit Park neighborhood in NW Washington, DC. The program is a residence, studio, and gallery for a professional potter.

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