Title page for ETD etd-12092002-103314

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Robson, William M
URN etd-12092002-103314
Title What can the site give to the building and the building to the site?
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Holt, Jaan Committee Chair
Kagawa, Ronald M. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • natural environment
  • Site and building
  • building in nature
Date of Defense 2002-05-26
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This thesis explores the relationship between the "constructed" (built) environment and the natural environment. What defines such a relationship and can the relationship be formulated? Surely a successful union is much like a marriage whereby one part is better than either of the individual parts. This thesis is an exploration into that relationship. It explores the nature of the built environment through the construction in the natural environment. In addition, it explores the possibility of utilizing a set of guidelines to assist the designer in the creation of such a relationship.

The project type (Retreat Center) itself opens the door to possibilities by carving out the natural environment. It proposes that through careful design considerations a harmony can exist between man's built environs and the earth's natural environment.

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