Title page for ETD etd-37101759761571

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Al-Masalha, Sami
Author's Email Address salmasal@vt.edu
URN etd-37101759761571
Title Technology, Time and Form
Degree Master of Arts
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Green, William R. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Rodriguez-Camilloni, Humberto L. Committee Member
  • Architecture in Jordan
  • form
  • scheme
Date of Defense 1997-05-07
Availability unrestricted

As architects in our life we should acknowledge our

problems and use them to create art. This study

acknowledges a cultural and architectural crisis that

exists today in most of the developing world as well

as in Jordan. It is focused on three pertinent aspects,

technology, time, and form, which havebecome

diverse and contradictory in ways unprecedented in

history. Technology by definition is a set of methods

a society employs to satisfy its building requirements.

In the past a state of harmony existed between

incoming values and technology, because of the slow

interaction which allowed the receiving culture

sufficient time for adaptation. In such cultures with

rich architectural tradition and heritage, the main

reason for the gap between existing and incoming

cultures is that they did not prepare to absorb

western exported aesthetic values and technology.

The main cause of this is during this century modern

technology has become too advanced to be

compatible with the capability of local building

technology, and the local tradition no longer has the

economic appeal it had before. The need for rapid

and large scale advancement in the developing

countries was made possible by modern technology,

not just for its economic appeal but also for the

prestige it carries with it. Nowadays, Jordan among

other nations contains a cultural heritage, and an

architectural legacy of great value that is suffering

from imported architectural fashions. However, the

problem is that it fails to distinguish aesthetic values

of western architecture when implementing them into

its culture. It was my intention throughout my studies

to create a bridge between western architectural

technology and traditional architectural forms and

technology in Jordan.

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