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Tectonic studies in Beichuan : rebuilding the Beichuan Middle School

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dc.contributor.advisor Weijen Wang and Yung Ho Chang. en_US Taylor, Christopher (Christopher Jordon) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial a-cc-sz en_US 2009-10-01T15:49:22Z 2009-10-01T15:49:22Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 107). en_US
dc.description.abstract In his essay, Studies in Tectonic Culture, Kenneth Frampton asserts that the built environment is "first and foremost a construction, and only later an abstract discourse." Building upon this logic, this thesis asks how can we evaluate and critique architecture on it's material, tactile and tectonic dimensions, as opposed to the purely figurative, spatial or iconographic representations that have become so commonplace in Modern architecture? In developing the notion that the architect serves as a link between available resources and the project's needs, this thesis aims to create a tectonic building system for a new middle school in Beichuan county, Sichuan Province, China. How can traditional construction methods and locally available materials be developed into a sound construction typology that will provide the flexibility to adapt to the various scenarios and sites that are inherent in a large scale project? How can it retain key design issues and serve as a catalyst for the future development of the surrounding community? en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Christopher Taylor. en_US
dc.format.extent 107 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Tectonic studies in Beichuan : rebuilding the Beichuan Middle School en_US
dc.title.alternative Rebuilding the Beichuan Middle School en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.Arch. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 429905560 en_US

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