Title page for ETD etd-04012004-103418

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zellweger, Jon Robert
URN etd-04012004-103418
Title The Silver Fraction - A Weathered Inebriation: Plans, Elevations, Sections, Details, Models and Texts for a Brewery and a Biergarten on the bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria, Virginia
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • biergarten
  • geometry
  • anima mundi
  • material reciprocity
  • weathering
Date of Defense 2003-05-23
Availability unrestricted
Architecture is an exhaustive act. With the Herculean efforts of the patron, the architect and the builder, a building comes into being. Materials are collected and transformed in order to create a place for Man to dwell. That is, materials occurring in their natural state are transformed by the Hand of Man and thereby enter it His realm. In turn, the Manmade becomes situated in and a part of the natural world. This relationship is a Material Reciprocity. In the Timaeus, a concept of a world soul is outlined in which all elements that compose the physical world (the "ten-thousand things" of the Tao-Te Ching) are endowed with consciousness: the Anima Mundi.

How does architecture become part of Place?

What role does Weathering play in this act?

How does Man's understanding of Weathering's accretions enoble architecture?





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