Title page for ETD etd-09092011-124456

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cincala, George Michael
URN etd-09092011-124456
Title Coursework: Constructing a Building from a Brick
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Weiner, Frank H. Committee Member
  • autonomy
  • weaving
  • axonometry
  • beginning
  • masonry
Date of Defense 2011-08-05
Availability unrestricted
This thesis explores the design of a T-shaped brick and its influence throughout the course of the project. The T-brick established a significant direction towards weaving masonry and my firsthand recognition of the utmost importance of poetic construction for an architect. This thesis helps to affirm that construction is vital for architecture to be autonomous.

Programmatic requirements, technology, social change, new inventions, etc., distract from the potential of architecture. We must first concern ourselves with how a building is to be made and trust that those things outside of architecture will only be right when a building is ready to accept them, not vice versa. But, that is not to say a building should not serve human needs well. Rather, serving needs well is but a bare minimum of good architecture.

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