Title page for ETD etd-12152010-195215

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wu, Kejia
Author's Email Address jiajiawu@vt.edu
URN etd-12152010-195215
Title An Urban Edge for Innovation & Reservation: create a figurative stage for students to perform their lives
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Member
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Member
  • center
  • campus
  • history
  • hierarchy
  • enclosure
  • axis
  • porosity
  • distance
  • symmetry
  • plane frame wall
Date of Defense 2010-09-10
Availability unrestricted
The architect, as a coordinator of complex conditions and different disciplines, has a role in the development of the master plan for the entire site, balancing technical innovation with appreciation for cultural inheritance. This thesis attempts to explore approaches to design decision making, as a response to a project's site, its history, and the larger cultural context.

The above issues are investigated through the design of a multipurpose building at the east end of the Drillfield on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The building will form a "stage" to accommodate the daily life of the campus. In addition, the proposal was conceived to:

a. emphasize both axial and radial geometric features of the site;

b. redefine the edge of the oval Drillfield;

c. create magnetic force between the proposed building and the existing War Memorial Chapel;

d. translate the idea into tectonics.

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