Title page for ETD etd-11252007-185928

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sherwood, Stuart
Author's Email Address concinnitas@hotmail.com
URN etd-11252007-185928
Title Drawing the Analogy: Nature as Idea, Architecture as Response
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Chair
Dunay, Donna W. Committee Member
Rodriguez-Camilloni, Humberto L. Committee Member
  • functionalism
  • concinnitas
  • architectural metaphor
  • green design
  • morphology
  • nature
  • organic analogy
Date of Defense 2006-07-07
Availability unrestricted
This thesis attempts to establish a first design philosophy by proposing nature and architecture as mutually interactive conceits within the scope of the design process. Positing that our conceptions of "green" design are rightfully influenced by the various and often highly metaphorical social constructions of nature that precede them, an architecural exercise is then explored as a similarly constructed response. After assembling a definition of nature based in part on the climate, terrain and traditional building practices of rural western North Carolina, a house is then posed for its site on the border of the Pisgah National Forest.

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