Title page for ETD etd-07262010-201032

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shealy, Benjamin D.
Author's Email Address bens@vt.edu
URN etd-07262010-201032
Title ARCHITECTURE AND DIALOGUE: Bar and Apartments as Setting for Political and Public Conversation
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Parikh, Rajiv R. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • fencing
  • Washington D.C.
  • architecture
  • politics
  • public space
  • interaction
  • people
  • conversation
  • dialogue
Date of Defense 2010-06-01
Availability unrestricted
Human beings by nature are social creatures capable of intelligent and complex interactions. Unfortunately, planning and implementation of the built environment has not always influenced or created opportunities for social exchange and conversation. The thesis explores how architecture can influence the interconnection between people at various scales in order to promote interaction.

The mixed-use building includes a social coffeehouse and bar above which is a small apartment complex. These apartments would house a small number of politicians and their interns from each political party. This setting becomes a vehicle within which various players from the political spectrum could interact and commune together. By creating a variety of both public and private spaces, different experiences and relationships between inhabitants create opportunities for social dialogue and interaction. This architectural narrative, then, is the conversation between the reader and writer.

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