Title page for ETD etd-07202009-095456

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Aplin, Carl Dereck
URN etd-07202009-095456
Title A Formal Construction for a new Veterinary Hospital
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
  • clinic
  • connect
  • interact
  • interlocking
  • veterinary
Date of Defense 2009-06-24
Availability unrestricted
Architecture, as the art of making a building, consists of an assemblage of elements that interact and interlock to create something whole—from an assembly of parts, emerges a unified composition. In this thesis exploration, I strive to take this simple idea, fundamental to all buildings—to the very process of building itself—and utilize it as a driving force.

This proposal was conceived both as a response to the site and program,as well as an effort to control an arrangement of parts in order to create an integrated, functioning whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The resulting architecture derives its existence and identity from the articulation of these individual elements and the manner in which they interact and connect. Furthermore, this choreography generates a certain sequence of spaces creating moments of pause, compression, and release.

There is a certain level of complexity that results from the formal play of setting elements into motion against the site and each other. Accepting this condition, the designer’s will must be exerted in an effort to gain/maintain control of this composition. As such, this architecture explores the possibilities of complexity generated through the formal arrangement of parts.

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