Title page for ETD etd-052599-112337

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Schmiedicke, James Bradford
Author's Email Address jbrad1@mindspring.com
URN etd-052599-112337
Title Distillation
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mashburn, Joseph L. Committee Chair
Miller, Patrick A. Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
  • architecture
  • minimalism
  • hemingway
  • house
Date of Defense 1996-12-17
Availability unrestricted
Ernest Hemingway conveyed emotion with an

elegantly straightforward system. My methodology

is patterned after his. To share a feeling,

I recall the sharp details that caused it:

buzzing bees fading to autumn's dry red rustle;

a murmur of voices from the sidewalk below;

stars creeping across a narrow aperture.

An honest detail, delivered without embellishment,

instills emotion. Form is sculpted and

rescupted, distilled, until a minimum of moves

create the "particular sequence of motion and

fact that make the emotion". Clear lucid

simplicity, the ability to share a fundamental

emotion with a single act, is the ideal of my


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