Title page for ETD etd-10152012-155107

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Addesso, Abbott John
URN etd-10152012-155107
Title Contrarchitecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
Weiner, Frank H. Committee Member
  • opposites
  • pavilion
Date of Defense 2012-10-11
Availability unrestricted
A study of how contrasting architectural elements can create a sense of presence. Contrasts

constitute movement, feeling, and energy and are what could be the basis of an architecture that

illustrates these principles. The transition between extremes creates a balance. Through the use of contrasting elements such as rectilinear and curvilinear, light and shadow, density and

sparsity, transparency and opacity, small and large, light and heavy, and compression and

tension, there is a static pulse, where architecture may live.

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