Title page for ETD etd-06052011-021152

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Parker II, Darnell E.
Author's Email Address dpark2nd@vt.edu, dpark2nd@gmail.com
URN etd-06052011-021152
Title Expressed Emotions Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Chair
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Co-Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
  • space
  • time
  • emotion
  • shadow
  • wall
  • metal
Date of Defense 2011-04-27
Availability unrestricted
Two primary ideas contribute to the design of this Community Art Center in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, particularly, in the neighborhoods of Avenue west and Midtown. The quality of light expressed through the movement of shadows in time is casted in the interior by openings in the roof and on the exterior walls by columns surrounding the building. These exterior and interior walls of the building are the result of rigorous experimentation to maximize space for interaction. The walls and quality of light is expressed both in the interior and exterior of the building. The second main idea is center around creating a place for interaction to generate communication and collaboration within the community. The primary design is of the delicate undulating walls as it continues to define interaction space in the Community Art Center. It is the form of the walls and quality of light that express movement.

As a secondary concern, these neighborhoods are on the edge of Milwaukee’s near west side that includes the Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA). The community expresses art in the form of dance, music and creative writing. The building express art in the form of a decision. Each decision that is made expresses a quality about design. Each space is transformed into a place by the nature of its design. The building achieves a sense of community through the primary ideas expressed through the notion of emotions.

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