Title page for ETD etd-121699-174202

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Porzio, Catherine
Author's Email Address cporzio@vt.edu
URN etd-121699-174202
Title Observation & Light
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Pittman, V. Hunter Committee Chair
Brown, William W. Committee Member
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
  • observatory
  • sundial
  • light
Date of Defense 1999-05-28
Availability restricted
Our life experience can be enriched by observation; acknowledging this as a way of "seeing" can positively influence architectural design. This thesis records personal observation of light and looks to historical precedents in which natural light is revered as an element that both defines space and emphasizes importance of place. The culmination of this course of study is a project for light in which a monumental sundial becomes an amphitheater for the town of Newport, Virginia.
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