Title page for ETD etd-080499-231331

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Donaldson, James Ellsworth
Author's Email Address jedarchitect@yahoo.com
URN etd-080499-231331
Title assembly of: architectrure: of assembly
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
Jones, James R. Committee Member
Mason, Lawrence Committee Member
  • unit
  • assembly
  • prefabrication
  • baltimore
  • jed
Date of Defense 1999-08-02
Availability unrestricted

The thesis project was the vehicle for an investigation of prefabrication,

assembly, and the design of a lived space. Elements are separated from

the building and from each other. This separation is both physically and

functionally significant. This separation of elements is presented as the

architecture of a joint. The wall is divided into two parts: exterior and

interior; creating a wall that is analogous to a double wall system. The

exterior wall is the weather barrier, while the interior wall houses the

functional necessities for a building, and the extremities of lived spaces.

The gap, or joint, is exploited for its ability to be a transportation system.

The joint is both vertical and horizontal, separating inside from outside

and one unit from the other. The clarity of elements and the method of

construction articulates the joint. A well designed element is fabricated

and brought to the site. Its independence in construction is a metaphor

for the element's ability to stand alone with its architecture, and when

assembled underlines the strengths of the unit. The unit presented is one

investigation of the varying possibilities of assembly.

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