Title page for ETD etd-09132007-012143

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kim, Dongkeon
Author's Email Address kimdongkeon@hotmail.com
URN etd-09132007-012143
Title A Public Bath in Alexandria, Virginia : Body, Water, and Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Holt, Jaan Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • water
  • architecture
  • body
Date of Defense 2007-05-25
Availability unrestricted
This thesis investigation and design project were driven

by the desire to develop and understand how body

relates nature through tectonic objects. I explore how

body reacts to different thermal and moisture condition

from architectural elements in order to examine the

relationship between body and objects. Any physical

form will be meaningless if it cannot transmit the presence

of nature and cosmos by way of image and totality

of experience into the human habitation with concrete

objects. Furthermore, when the body perceives the cosmos

through tangible objects then those objects become

significant life form. Through the process of experience

on different types of water treatment, it reveals the way

of transforming and communicating between invisible

sense in body and tangible substance in cosmos. The

bathhouse design is a record of the process that exposes

the connections between human perception and universal

materiality through tectonic objects.

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