Title page for ETD etd-07172011-175309

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Martinson, Jared Lee
Author's Email Address jaredlee@gmail.com
URN etd-07172011-175309
Title An Architectural Investigation of the Haptic Sense: A Material Exploration of the Balance Between Building, Body, and Landscape.
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • Sense
  • Building
  • Body
  • Landscape
  • Haptic
Date of Defense 2011-06-30
Availability unrestricted
Missing from much of civic/public spaces today is the potential choreography between body, imagination, and the built environment. This is often a result of a diminished sensation between ourselves and the coupling of constructed and natural spaces. It is precisely this miscommunication which led to an exploration of the haptic sense and a material investigation of the choreography between our bodies, our buildings, and our landscape.

In order to create a memorable space or in the case of this exercise, create place from path, a conservation of the spirit of the players/pieces is necessary. The experience of being in a place occurs in time, is much more than visual, and is as complex as our bodies and as immense as our imaginations.

The movement of our bodies traversing a built environment gives value to the spaces we inhabit. Through the investigation of a little league baseball park along the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virgina, a series of haptic patterns with distinct pauses and progressions in which the body and mind responds to the situation presented is created.

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