Title page for ETD etd-12042005-191041

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Samal, Dhruva
Author's Email Address ddsamal@vt.edu
URN etd-12042005-191041
Title A study of Path and Light
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
  • monastery
  • path
  • light
Date of Defense 2005-07-08
Availability unrestricted
Light rays emanating from the sun, interact with objects which we see in our everyday life and give them presence. Without light these objects would not be visible to us. The interaction of Light with objects of different qualities within a space creates a variety of environments. People direct their attention to elements of the visual environment which provide information needed to carry out conscious and unconscious activities.

These activities include movement along a path, introspection in the form of meditation, fascination. In conclusion, this is a process which involves more than just what is visible to the eye in terms of luminance levels but the overall sensory experience. Personal experience is the vehicle for interpretation for both designers and inhabitants.

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