Title page for ETD etd-102499-140124

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Madden, Philip Robert
Author's Email Address PRMadden@HayesLarge.com
URN etd-102499-140124
Title A Study of Line
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Green, William R. Committee Member
Moser, Lorenz Committee Member
  • theory
  • line
  • montessori
  • school
  • architecture
Date of Defense 1999-07-07
Availability unrestricted
The line is the basic element of design. Some would argue that the most basic element would be the point, but in order for anything to be defined by that point, another point would have to be referenced. The connector, whether real or perceived, is the line.

As designers, when marking a surface with a line, there is an intuition at work. Nothing that a skilled designer would do could be considered an arbitrary stroke. But often we do not consider the depth of meaning that the line brings to our work. This inquiry investigates several dimensions that "line" can generate in enlivening architecture and presents the use of these thoughts in the development of a Montessori school.

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