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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Massie, Shannon Leigh
Author's Email Address dchance@vt.edu
URN etd-17552030109663340
Title Re-Dwelling: A Proposal for Five Dwellings in Maggia, Switzerland
Degree Master of Arts
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U.
Daniel, Ronald W. Committee Chair
Egger, Dayton Eugene Committee Chair
  • settlement
  • amphitheater
  • CAUS
  • Alps
  • urban
Date of Defense 1996-07-05
Availability unrestricted
This thesis proposes five new dwellings be constructed within Maggia,

a medieval village in Italian-speaking Ticino, Switzerland. The modern

scheme placed within Maggia's old town outlines an attempt to

revitalize the village's life by providing places for individuals, families,

groups of families, and the whole village community. The act

acknowledges a process of evolution which integrates old and new to

continually generate livable places.

Building a new element into the fabric of an old village requires an

understanding of the existing place and the forces which contributed to

its making. An architect designing within such a context should

question the physical characteristics of the built environment and also

examine natural and historical factors which may have influenced

previous building.

The historical, natural, and built environment contributes to forming the

spirit, or experience, of the place. By attempting to define and name

the elements which have created this spirit, the architect may begin to

develop a design uniquely specific to its locale which contributes to the

built community.

A study of Maggia's existing structure reveals a widening gap between

the town's old and new architecture. The proposed design attempts to

mediate this separation between medieval and modern design. The

project acts as a bridge, both physically and metaphorically, between

the central town and newer surrounding development. While the

project recognizes the medieval village as the essential monument

which guides and informs new design, it simultaneously integrates

modern concerns which influence the inhabitants' quality of life.

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