Title page for ETD etd-06032010-153039

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cheron, Jacqueline
URN etd-06032010-153039
Title On Earth's Body - A New Center for the City of Alexandria Department of Parks and Recreation
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
  • Theater
  • Earth
  • Body
  • Classroom
Date of Defense 2010-05-10
Availability unrestricted
I have always been interested in the body/self relationship. As a former fitness instructor and new mother, I have experienced many variations of my body. I was especially interested in what happens during movement or exercise as the body and self become more aware of each other and the spaces around them.

My thesis began with an investigation of the body in context to modern dance. I read several books and took a course on beginning modern dance where we practiced the basic motions and attended performances. I was influenced by modern dance's fluid, natural motion and bare feet in direct contact with the earth which inspires a momentary release of the soul from the body.

It was these initial feelings that I wanted to convey in my thesis...a building that danced with the Earth around it, a building cradled in Earth.

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