Title page for ETD etd-05162008-084605

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Stuart
Author's Email Address jofitzpa@vt.edu
URN etd-05162008-084605
Title Urban Skybox: Private Views, Public Vista
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Yglesias, Caren L. Committee Member
  • view
  • vista
  • skybox
Date of Defense 2008-02-01
Availability unrestricted
Cities hold a varied collection of individuals and provide unique adjacencies for those who live, work, and play in their urban fabrics. The relationship between the city and the individual has many facets, and this project is an exploration of one aspect of that relationship. What we do, and the way we do things, can be influenced by what we see and visually connect with as we move about the city.

This thesis thus explores the simple notion of having a view. A view being the gateway into understanding a city, and connecting to it. It is a means to reference one’s self to the city. The experience of a view takes on varied scales, and the fundamental initiative in this project has been the exploration of a private view out to a public vista.

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