Title page for ETD etd-07132006-163034

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rivera, Monica Alexandra
URN etd-07132006-163034
Title Slowing Down Time, studies on spatial time
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • perception of time
  • space
  • experience of space-time
  • time
  • memory
Date of Defense 2006-05-11
Availability unrestricted
The experience of time is not fixed by a rigid mathematical measure, instead, it flows at vaying rates.

There are certain occasions in which we would like to extend time with all our force, up to the limit of our stretched arms and further. Conversely there are moments which we'd like to last no more that the sparkle of a flash, but as we all have noticed, those are the longest in our life.

How does the space that we inhabit influence on our perception of time? May we identify especial elements that contribute in one or other sense to accelerate or slowdown the time?

It's said that time and space is an inseparable unity, as two aspects of the same thing. If this is so, then it also must be true that by shaping space in one way or another, we might influence the experience of time through it. Wouldn't it be delightful to believe that we may be magicians of time through manipulation of architecture?

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