Title page for ETD etd-05132011-121344

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Drewry, Kelly
Author's Email Address kellyd12@vt.edu
URN etd-05132011-121344
Title Field Theory: the study of lattice systems created through modular paneling transcending multiple scales
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
  • Field Theory
  • Pattern
  • Module
Date of Defense 2011-05-02
Availability unrestricted
This is a study of patterning and the connection between the proportions created and destroyed through this process. The analytical study of a pure geometry creates spaces and forms at every scale and in every orientation. These patterns can be layed out in modular panels, whether rotated, overlayed, skewed, or mirrored, in order to create architectural design decisions in plan, section, or elevation. Since the proportions of the module grow exponentially, possibilities are endless in terms of project type and scale. Decisions are made at multiple scales, starting with the human and working up to the building scale, as well as the realm of possibilities that fall in between. The module is acting as a matrix which regulates the articulation every architectural element. It creates order and reason for decision making, whether it be the layout for a city’s master plan or a small home. Furthermore, it establishes regularity and control for the organization of spaces. The language of the modular system guides the design development through the grammar established in the particular modular panels. For example, human interactions, seating areas, pathways, and transition spaces naturally belong to certain areas based on the module. This way of working allows for simultaneous planning of the entire site while also organizing the practical and material complexities of the space.
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