Title page for ETD etd-61798-143812

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Askew, Chad Lee
Author's Email Address caskew@vt.edu
URN etd-61798-143812
Title Unlocking the Urban Box: A Multi-Use Building for Asheville, NC
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dunay, Donna W. Committee Chair
Brown, William Committee Member
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Marand, Hervé L. Committee Member
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Member
  • architecture
  • infill
  • adaptive
  • reuse
Date of Defense 1998-05-06
Availability unrestricted
The city block may be seen as the fabric of the urban environment. It is often a compacted form, divided only by changing facades and party walls. Boxes all in rows. There is an inescapable sense of enclosure. Architecture has the potential to unlock the box, allowing interaction between inside and out.

The opening, be it a window, skylight, or void, becomes the way that the interior and exterior inform one another. The opening must not only relate to the street and city, but also to the sky and sun. It is an intangible element, created by the form and material that reside in proximity to it. Experiencing the intangible allows a connection to be made with the nature of the site. The opening, generated by form, mass, and material, in turn generates, through visual interaction and the play of light, space that informs and transcends.

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