Title page for ETD etd-05312006-174129

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Heise, Aaron Kent
Author's Email Address akheise@vt.edu
URN etd-05312006-174129
Title A Camp in the Desert
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, James R. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Member
  • desert
  • architecture
  • camp
Date of Defense 2006-05-17
Availability unrestricted
A house is pulled apart into its separate rooms and joined in the out-of-doors. This collection of rooms is recognized as a camp. This move is in agreement with the site of the house, which is the foothills of the Rincon Mountains, twenty miles east of Tucson, Arizona, and bordering along Saguaro National Monument. The collection of structures that make up the buildings of the camp are joined by a path that encircles the camp, and also describes the active life of the camp.

The design of the camp is informed by studies in geometry and proportion in a few modern houses, information gathered from the site--particularly as it relates to climate and geography, and studies of the form of architectural elements. Simultaneously, the design of the camp is informed by ideas that evolved in form through the course of the design, namely, a pulling apart of space and material, sitting lightly on the ground, and bringing light into a room between the roof and wall.

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