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About snails, Franciscans, homelessness, and the city : a contribution to the culture of "college thinking"

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dc.contributor.advisor Mark Jarzombek.The objective of the thesis is to study how fragments can be connected along their fringes to produce productive results. Parallel to this experiment the focus of the research investigates the development of the Franciscan movement with respect to its contribution to the urban fabric. From the start, Franciscans encountered the problem of alienation both personally and at a larger scale of the city. In Germany, Franciscan settlements flourished with the urbanization in the 13th century. Acceptance of the city as a place for a Christian life by the friars and the consequent welcome by the burghers for the Minorites made it possible that Franciscan settlements became an integral part of the historic city. The contemporary friaries in Boston and Providence R. l. demonstrate the continuing activities of the Friars in the city. These friaries started several programs which center around the questions of alienation and reconciliation. The design proposal is an extension of St. Francis House which contains a fully automated parking garage, an ambulatorium with benches and pin up boards and several platforms for public appearances. This facility commemorates Franciscan tactics and provide a space in the city for homeless citizens. This thesis challenges traditional research models that try to produce a totality. The design proposal serves as a correlating part between the other fragments. en_US Stocker, Florian en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-ma n-us-ri en_US 2012-04-26T18:35:07Z 2012-04-26T18:35:07Z 1997 en_US 1997 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1997. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-124). en_US
dc.description.abstract Four fragments constitute the focus of analysis of this study; at the same time they are used as objects in the experimental set up of the thesis. This set up investigates the possibilities of a collage as a model for a research. The Vitruvian notion of the architect as a person standing between a variety of subject fields is connected to Kurt Schwitters collage techniques. The four pieces researched with four different research modes: Art, scientific research, report and design: 1. A collection of images and collages. This collection consists of images of snails, Franciscan architecture, personal memory and allegorical objects. 2. A historic research of the initial state of the Franciscan Movement and St. Francis with respect to their attitude towards buildings. 3. Three case studies of Franciscan Facilities in Boston and Providence. 4. A design proposal for an extension of the homeless day care center St. Francis House, which is located at the Boston Common. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Florian Stocker. en_US
dc.format.extent 124 p. (some folded) en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title About snails, Franciscans, homelessness, and the city : a contribution to the culture of "college thinking" en_US
dc.title.alternative Contribution to the culture of "college thinking" en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 36943952 en_US

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