Title page for ETD etd-09092008-063818

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hart, Charles J.
URN etd-09092008-063818
Title Architecture of light and sound
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sarpaneva, Pia Committee Chair
Burch-Brown, Carol Committee Member
  • art forms
Date of Defense 1997-02-14
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Art reaches to our souls through the doorways of our senses. Architecture. as a form of the arts. can offer the opportunity to explore the realm of expression through an idea or intuition about perception; perception that develops at many levels and through all means of sensing what exists in the world. To discover architecture is to understand an offering of "place" as perceived through feelings of closure and openness and spatial relation and movement and many other ideas related to both architectural expression and the human experience. The realization that the success or failure of architecture lies not in the construction itself. but in how the texture of a wall gives a feeling of solidity. or the way a shadow compresses and encloses a space. or how the sound of wind blowing through a passage expresses the motion embedded in the walkway itself. is critical to the making of architecture that touches the soul. In this way. architecture is sculpture. it is poetry. it is music. it is language. and all of these are architecture. Considering the tools of light. sound. path and place and how the mind interacts with these conditions establishes the beginnings for a foundation of architectural thought.

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