Title page for ETD etd-09232009-112417

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Medina, Alejandro Josue
URN etd-09232009-112417
Title Urban Canopy
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Chair
Bryon, Hilary Committee Member
Doan, Patrick A. Committee Member
  • canopy
  • civic
  • columns
  • roof
  • theater
  • urban
  • washington dc
Date of Defense 2009-08-03
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This thesis explores the definition of an urban canopy, how civic architecture can create a space for the pedestrian in the city, and the elements which can compose such a space.

Experimentation in the urban canopy allows definition into the protective nature of such an archetype. Filtering and entrance techniques are discovered to allow access by the pedestrian only. The structural and spatial composition of the space is also developed to enhance human interaction and usability. Layering provides different levels of access and privacy as different groups use the space. And finally the employment of light highlights key elements and creates a presence in the space.

This covering is designed to protect more than just the citizens below. It creates a place that fosters civic community under the a the generous shelter of a new urban institution.

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