Title page for ETD etd-062099-000604

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Patel, Kartikey N
Author's Email Address kartikey_p@yahoo.com
URN etd-062099-000604
Title Inspiration to Illumination
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Green, William R. Committee Member
Kilper, Dennis J. Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Member
  • Inspiration
  • Details
  • Carlo Scarpa
  • Kartikey
  • Illumination
  • Lamp
  • Geometry
Date of Defense 1999-05-14
Availability unrestricted
This thesis is the result of insights gained from

investigation of the work of Carlo Scarpa and

applied to the making of a lamp. Scarpa’s work

has influenced this work in many ways but most

fascinating is the way detail is used. The

indirect connection between parts and blending of

precious and semiprecious metals conveys its own

language. Geometry, one of the governing aspects

of his design is a primary characteristic in the

composition of spaces. The way different metals

are used and the ways different spaces are created

are fundamental throughout his work. This project is

an attempt to make a lamp which is more than an

object. Different metals like steel, brass,

copper and aluminum are treated in extreme

conditions and the range of different materials

are part of a process. In the process of making,

the design has taken a few turns. An ongoing

dialogue with objects and an empirical process

of evaluating and analyzing past objects were

used to support the next decision. Often details

are designed on the spot in the shop. The Lamp

has had two reflectors. The design of the reflector

is part of an on going process. Although this

object may not be as functionally efficient as

other lamps, it has provided an opportunity for

discourse and acts as a vehicle for further

investigation. Many enjoyable moments are the

part of its qualified success and it has open up

a wide horizon of architectureal gesturing.

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