Title page for ETD etd-06052009-160531

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Stearns, Luke PrayerMountain
URN etd-06052009-160531
Title Blacksburg Central - A New Middle School
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Member
  • circulation
  • architecture
  • Blacksburg
  • centrality
  • school
Date of Defense 2009-05-04
Availability unrestricted
Building upon the form of a middle school, this thesis is an examination of several architectural questions. This new middle school is imagined to exist at the old Blacksburg Middle school site on Main street between Clay and Eheart streets. Fundamental to the thesis is the concept of centrality. Correspondingly, a large central gathering space forms the heart of the school. Flow emanates from this heart into arterial hallways that open up to the classrooms and finally to capillary hallway window nooks and occupiable classroom windows. These nested spacial and circulatory scales form another focus of the thesis. Additionally, a series of classrooms types are explored giving consideration to furnishing and lighting.
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