Title page for ETD etd-11162011-155952

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bree, William Dennis
Author's Email Address wdbreeiv@gmail.com
URN etd-11162011-155952
Title An Earthly Cosmology
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Chair
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • cosmology
  • rock creek park
  • nature center
Date of Defense 2011-05-10
Availability unrestricted
The following thesis project explores the design of a nature center and planetarium within Rock Creek Park, in Washington, DC. The project evolved from a desire to re-imagine a relationship with nature in a way that allows conversation, reflective thinking, and allows one’s sense

of wonder to enter a place which is between science and myth. The design of the nature center and planetarium was developed by investigating the dualities which exist within and around the site, such as earth and air, day and night,and winter and summer. The goal was to create a building

which is fully embedded in the site around it, to create a unique environment for exploration and conversation, and a place to contemplate one’s relationship with nature.

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