Title page for ETD etd-102598-105940

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fleming, Jonathan Paul
URN etd-102598-105940
Title Descendents: Research in Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schneider, Mark E. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
Willoughby, William Committee Member
  • descendent
  • architecture
Date of Defense 1998-09-05
Availability unrestricted
This thesis investigates the relationships between projects in

the form of resistance. The thesis is accompanied by a series

of projects that investigate a number of resistances. These

resistances spur relationships to other works in progress;

descendents. The projects are a testing ground for the ideo-logical

content in an architects work.

Each project we undertake is a part of a much

larger whole that may or may not be a life's work,

but is, certainly, an influence in the creation of

coherence as we move forth in our practice. This

is not to say that everything must look alike, rather

it is to keep one involved in the fundamental

aspects of a project that may give clues as to what

you as an architect stand for. It is itself a

resistance to the problems facing us as we attempt

to build. Those problems that may begin to bog us

down and force us to lose sight of architecture.

There are many things on one's plate as a project

proceeds, it is not easy to keep focus.

The architect must seek aspects that put us into

dialogue with those things outside that inevitably

influence the specific work at hand. A way of

arriving at conclusions that do not confound an

architecture. I see it as being analogous to

Hertzberger's discussion of warp and weft, a

defined structure into which possibilities may be

woven creating relationships between the elements

of the architecture. This asserts a set of rules that

an architect learns how to work with, and even


This formulation creates multiple possibilities

within and outside a framework of the architect's

order. The architect learns to question within the

boundaries of his times, and perhaps beyond those

bounds with that understanding. He learns what to

ask and what not to ask; which resistances offer

stimulus and which do not. The work, through

time, acts as an analogue to history itself. The

designer may then create with a better grasp of the

full potentiality of Architecture.

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