Title page for ETD etd-112199-224629

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Flick, Jr., Donald Burton
Author's Email Address dflick@vt.edu
URN etd-112199-224629
Title Intrinsics: An Exploration in Tectonic Expression
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
Pittman, V. Hunter Committee Member
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Member
  • arches
  • montessori
  • tectonics
  • gluelam
  • architecture
  • school
Date of Defense 1999-09-17
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I've titled my thesis, "Intrinsics" because my architectural design is an attempt to respond to what is inherent in the materials, in the way materials are joined, in the flow of forces through the structure, in the site and surroundings, and in the human nature of a person using the building type I'm designing. This is a tectonic approach, so my thesis is also "An Exploration of Tectonic Expression" with a Montessori school as a project vehicle. The site is next to the Roanoke Public Library in Elmwood Park in Roanoke, Virginia. The primary materials are glue-laminated wood beams and arches, metal connectors, and reinforced concrete walls.

I explored what can happen if each layer of a glue-laminated member is allowed to act independently, separating from the girder in appropriate places to recombine into a new whole. The monolith transforms into a pattern of parts.

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