Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Donaldson, James Ellsworth Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-080499-231331 Title assembly of: architectrure: of assembly Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Galloway, William U. Committee Chair Jones, James R. Committee Member Mason, Lawrence Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1999-08-02 Availability unrestricted AbstractAbstract
The thesis project was the vehicle for an investigation of prefabrication,
assembly, and the design of a lived space. Elements are separated from
the building and from each other. This separation is both physically and
functionally significant. This separation of elements is presented as the
architecture of a joint. The wall is divided into two parts: exterior and
interior; creating a wall that is analogous to a double wall system. The
exterior wall is the weather barrier, while the interior wall houses the
functional necessities for a building, and the extremities of lived spaces.
The gap, or joint, is exploited for its ability to be a transportation system.
The joint is both vertical and horizontal, separating inside from outside
and one unit from the other. The clarity of elements and the method of
construction articulates the joint. A well designed element is fabricated
and brought to the site. Its independence in construction is a metaphor
for the element's ability to stand alone with its architecture, and when
assembled underlines the strengths of the unit. The unit presented is one
investigation of the varying possibilities of assembly.
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