Title page for ETD etd-05222007-163658

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tremblay, Clifford Allen
Author's Email Address ctrembla@vt.edu
URN etd-05222007-163658
Title Two Screens and an Urban Place
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, James R. Committee Chair
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Co-Chair
Dunay, Donna W. Committee Member
  • organic
  • orthogonal
  • texture
  • pattern
  • courtyard
  • curtain
  • mixed use
  • grocery
  • facade
  • downtown
  • blacksburg
  • screen
  • urban
  • skin
Date of Defense 2007-05-09
Availability unrestricted
An exploration to utilize the notion of a screen in order to orchestrate an urban response, an urban mixed-use building. It is an investigation into the contradictions of materiality and the inherent values of organistic and rigid geometries and formations in terms of architecture and the facade.

Two screens make use of pattern, texture, and layering to create a sense of order and chaos within the same instance. This is most noticeable through the introduction of light, natural and artificial. These screens are a reflection of the ripples, webs, and vibrations of all human activity.

This is an investigation into repetition and layering, covering and wrapping, and ultimately creating an enjoyable environment to live, work, and play.

The program is quite simple. On the ground floor there is a grocery store, shops, and offices. On the upper levels, there are townhomes and apartments, one and two bedroom.

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