Title page for ETD etd-05302008-022506

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Blissett, Brandon
Author's Email Address hixez@vt.edu
URN etd-05302008-022506
Title The Aesthetic of Love
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Jones, James R. Committee Member
Schubert, Robert P. Committee Member
  • ice building
  • hunting
  • response to environment
  • sustainability
  • indigenous
  • fishing
Date of Defense 2008-04-29
Availability unrestricted
Indigenous architecture is a loving response to the natural conditions surrounding one’s

inhabitation of architecture. It is designed and built by those who will inhabit it and

is necessarily designed in coordination with both environmental considerations and

practical (or use-oriented) considerations. The product of such a building shows the love

present in it both as an independent architectural entity and as an inhabited structure.

The late 20th century has seen a revival with regard to appreciating this aesthetic. The

‘green’ movement had hoped to open people’s eyes to a certain aesthetic of conservation

but unfortunately has lost sight of the ideological foundations of its existence. My

proposal is to look back to these roots of architecture. Not to revert architecture to

mere building, but to find the aesthetic through the love put into the creation of a

purposeful structure intended for a specific set of criteria and inhabitants for an

intentional duration in a specific spot. We must look intently at the indigenous builders

for how to find the balance of sustainability, response to environment and the physical


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