Title page for ETD etd-1621183972971

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Mendez, Clarissa
URN etd-1621183972971
Title Of Surface and Shadow. Proposal for a new School of Architecture
Degree Master of Arts
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Brien, Michael J.
Sarpaneva, Pia
Schnoedt, Heinrich
Weiner, Frank H.
  • none
Date of Defense 1997-02-14
Availability unrestricted

Puerto Rico is a place of strong sunlight, temperate winds

and humid climate. It is also a place where the landscape

and the natives are very colorful. Today's culture consists of

a chaotic urban atmosphere which tends to obscure an

extraordinary geography and the natural richness of its

surroundings. As in any Western metropolitan area, urban

life demands its toll. San Juan is plagued by noise, and heat

intensifies between its buildings. Modern air-conditioning is

by now a part of every work place and many residences,

but beyond mechanical technology, architecture still can

offer generously places of shade and shelter from the sun's

rays. This project studies the essential characteristics of the

landscape and climate of Puerto Rico, and aims to expose

these architecturally. The rediscovery of these conditions is

articulated by studying the compositional qualities of mass,

surface and shadow.

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