Title page for ETD etd-11142013-040018

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Silverman, Richard L.
URN etd-11142013-040018
Title The Villa Savannah
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Humberto Rodriguez Camilloni Committee Chair
Mark A. Blizard Committee Member
Steven Thompson Committee Member
  • Urban design
  • Urban housing
Date of Defense 1996-06-06
Availability restricted
Since the collapse of modernism, the study of traditional

urban design principles have increasingly drawn the attention

of architects interested in the development of an enduring

theory and practice of architecture. This thesis supports the

position that an architect be able to comprehend the concept of

. a city as a prelude to architectural design. As the architect

Francesco di Giorgio wrote in the fifteenth century,

"architecture is a distinctly urban art, so the design of cities

comes first, because this is the context in which buildings are

constructed." The topic of this thesis, a house in the city of

Savannah, is presented to reaffirm those principles that di

Giorgio and others laid down more than a half millennium ago.

As argued in this thesis, a building may be thought of as urban

only if it supports the original concept for the city. That urban

concept can be found through a study of the urban plan as well

as through the study of urban history. Given an understanding

of the urban plan and the original concept, an architect may

begin to form a basis for design.

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