Title page for ETD etd-431616132974710

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wolf, Bettina
Author's Email Address heiner@vt.edu
URN etd-431616132974710
Title Revealing Essence
Degree Master of Arts
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Brien, Michael J.
Schnoedt, Heinrich
Weiner, Frank H.
Dunay, Robert J. Committee Chair
  • wolf
  • simplicity
  • simple
  • beauty
  • art gallery
Date of Defense 1997-01-31
Availability unrestricted
There is a fine line between the "simple" and the "simplistic". The simple such as the plain, the pure, and the

truthful holds a complexity within, which is extremely hard to obtain. It ultimately results in beauty. The

simplistic embodies nothing more than obviousness and boredom. My aim is to strive for simple beauty.

Concerning objects and architecture, to simplify means to reduce by eliminating the superficial and the

superfluous, to unmask what is essential. Quality materials and craftsmanship are prerequisites. In

combination with the accuracy of the design they help to attain the desired result which speaks of precision

and clarity.

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