Title page for ETD etd-08062001-220817

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dolan, Halil Ramazan
Author's Email Address dramazan@vt.edu
URN etd-08062001-220817
Title Urban Threshold
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
Brown, William W. Committee Member
Egger, Dayton Eugene Committee Member
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Member
  • urban
  • Paris
  • threshold
  • iaee
  • void
  • emptyness
  • workshop
  • Halil Dolan
Date of Defense 2001-05-28
Availability unrestricted
The character of an urban void is defined by the built surrounding which determines the appearance and the function of the enclosed space. In modelling urban form, three major zones corresponding to this phenomenon may be distinguished:

1. Core

2. Transition Zone

3. Surrounding

The transition zone contains the capacity to determine the prospective character of the framed void. It offers the possibility to intervene in the existing urban form, not by filling, but by emptying it. The void experiences a transformation from a neglected urban object to a clearly identified urban subject. This threshold towards the void serves as a mediating element between the two coexisting situations. It acts as a "coulisse" of an urban theater towards the void.

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