Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6535

Date

2019

Date of Award

12-3-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Architecture

Major

Architecture

Concentration

Architecture

Committee Chair

Jennifer Barker

Committee Member

Michael Chisamore

Committee Member

Andrew Parks

Abstract

A duality exists within the experience of architecture. For many years, architects have privileged the intellectual or conceptual dimensions of design over the haptic experience of architecture, compounding a split between mind and body within our highly technologized society. We need an architecture that brings us back to the present moment. By uniting haptic experience with intellectual understanding of place, an Architecture of Presence can create a complete human experience. Explored through the design of an ecological research field laboratory in Shelby Forest, thoughtful crafting of spatial experience using material and light, modulated by contrast, leads to increased awareness and brings the perceiving human into the present moment. The key to creating a complete architectural experience lies in the unity of mind and body. Through the unification of the perceptual modes of experiencing architecture with the conceptual basis of design, a complete understanding of architectural experience emerges.

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Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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