Title page for ETD etd-06052009-142235

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rugh, Jonathan Joseph
URN etd-06052009-142235
Title Demonstrations
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member
  • Tool
  • Drawing
  • Cycloid
  • Demonstration
  • Craft
Date of Defense 2009-05-04
Availability restricted
A two-part project was used to study the idea of demonstration in architecture. The first was the design and fabrication of cycloidal drawing tools. The second was the design of another studio building for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.

First, the study of cycloidal lines became the catalyst for designing and fabricating cycloidal drawing tools. Drawing a cylcoid is a demonstration of its construction. There are no specialized tools available for drawing these types of lines, so several iterative generations of design were needed to refine the form of the tool and reach adequate accuracy.

Second, an additional studio building for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech was designed. It was designed to be a place for the demonstration of craftsmanship. The building was placed adjacent to Cowgill Hall. The form of the building was explored through traditional tools of architectural design, namely drawings of plans, sections, elevations and details.

For the best representation of this thesis, please refer to the book found in the Art and Architecture library.

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