Title page for ETD etd-12082001-151457

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Smith, Jr., Norman Austin
URN etd-12082001-151457
Title Extension of the Axis Mundi
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Pittman, V. Hunter Committee Member
  • architecture
  • tower
  • urban design
  • mega-structures
Date of Defense 2000-09-12
Availability unrestricted
A work develops through methodical inquiry based on the reciprocity inherent in the construction of an object and its evaluation. A physical object informs an initial concept and acts as the fundamental catalyst for subsequent findings. Ordered elements result in the description of a vertical structure. Exploring this structure through a rational and modern approach, the author designs an urban center in the form of a tower. The tower, as a cellular mega-structure, maintains the density and complexity of a city's existing urban fabric. An urbane mega-structure offers a new contribution to humanity through architecture. This proposal establishes a relationship between public spaces, which elevate civic and social life, and private spaces that support individuality. The evaluation of precedent works and the investigation of modern technology support an appropriate solution toward the technical realization of these spaces. The thesis seeks an architecture that augments the tangible, replaces the hopeless and invents the absent.
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