Title page for ETD etd-07262006-133412

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Park, Sung-Yong
Author's Email Address psy9475@hotmail.com
URN etd-07262006-133412
Title The Architecture of Suburban America
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Chair
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
  • Collage in Architecture
Date of Defense 2006-07-10
Availability unrestricted
This thesis is concerned with images and objects of architecture.

Today, the advent of "modernism" and the progress of science give rise to nihilism and extreme functionalism. As the result of such trends, architects have tried to find the ways with which they can continue to work without the type of "Aim" which traditional architects sought. Some forms of hightech architecture and deconstructionist architecture were the result of an attempt to overcome "the death of architecture".

However, although they thought images and values were already dead, we still cannot deny there are, in our living environment, countless images and values which strongly influence our life styles. For example, today's strongest culture, commercialism, is using images and icons as if laughing at those who declared "the death of images and values". Even some contemporary philosophers, like Jean Baudrillard, argue everything is the result of images: "Simualtion".

Thus, it seems irresponsible, as architects creating our living environments, just to deny images and values.

Also, as architects, we cannot abandon the study about objects by accepting Baudrillard's position.

Thus, I will investigate, in this thesis, how objects are related to images and how values are created from such relations. I expect that this investigation will show that what has changed is just the ways of making images and values and the ways that images and values influence our lifes. It will, finally, show images and values will never disappear as long as human culture exists.

Suburban America provides good material to study such a thesis because, although it has a comparatively simple organization, it exhibits complex contemporary phenomena.

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