Title page for ETD etd-07262010-093858

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Detomo, Michael
URN etd-07262010-093858
Title The Architecture of the Transformation of Folding and the Design of an Alexandria Law Firm
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
  • law firm
  • Alexandria Virginia
  • lawyer
  • folding
  • transformation
Date of Defense 2010-07-22
Availability unrestricted
Understanding architecture through a contemporary context of the transformations of art and technology was the springboard for this thesis. Identifying folding as a basic transformation became the focus for developing an Old town, Alexandria, Virginia law firm building. Folding is conceptually used in the spatial and inhabitable forms of the building as well as the materials, textures, and finishes of the walls, ceilings, and floors. Folding is structurally investigated by taking once planer and flimsy elements and creating folded, rigid, and load-bearing elements. Architectural concepts of day lighting, shading,

rain runoff, partitioning, vertical circulation, horizontal circulation, library stacks, file storage, solar energy collection, gardening, building services, furnishings, reading, and inhabitation are all thought of in terms of folding. Designing a law firm for Old town, Alexandria, Virginia was chosen from a random number generating process cross referenced with the Alexandria, Virginia phone book. I interviewed a local law firm and based the programmatic spaces on their office needs and relationships.

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