Title page for ETD etd-10102002-162228

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cosco, Phillip Anthony
Author's Email Address pcosco@vt.edu
URN etd-10102002-162228
Title Between Earth and Sky
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brown, William Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
  • Earth
  • Sky
Date of Defense 2002-07-18
Availability unrestricted
The thesis is about primitive mass that rises from the earth to recieve modern structure and in doing so it becomes path, center, and boundary. Its thickness is carved, antropomorphic, creating place for structure and light. The modern structure, is a place where science dwells, it is infinite boundless, it allows precision to be born. The proposition suggests that when the two come together there is a moment when the construction changes, and it is in this moment an architectural event should occur. The project is an astronomical observatory for a small college physics department in central West Virginia, it makes a place for the observatory tower, a classroom, conference / exhibit hall, restrooms and office space, the in-between becomes a primitive observatory plaza marking the winter and summer solstice as well as the equinox sunrise, it is a place for gathering and teaching. The secondary focus is that of process, many discoveries were made during the beginning phase of the work, which will be revieled along with the project.
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