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dc.contributor.advisor Otto Piene. en_US
dc.contributor.author Garvey, Gregory Patrick en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T17:58:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T17:58:16Z
dc.date.copyright 1982 en_US
dc.date.issued 1982 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/74301
dc.description Thesis (M.S.V.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1982. en_US
dc.description MICROFICHE COPY AVAILABLE IN ARCHIVES AND ROTCH. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 133-140). en_US
dc.description.abstract Composition, in time and space is discussed as a general problem in graphics, music, film/video, landscape architecture and architecture. This discussion serves to introduce the primary sources which motivate the design of the labyrinth. These sources contribute to an interest in the definition of paths, pattern, and networks. This interest leads to the comparison between sequential composition and random access composition. The exploration of nonlinear composition is a primary motivation in the design and the construction of the labyrinth. The opposition between the romantic and classical (Rubenistes and Poussinistes) representation of space and treatment of light in Western painting is examined. The rational articulation of space is contrasted to the indefinite, 'irrational' depiction: the comprehensible with the incomprehensible. A brief survey of the present day and historical forms of labyrinths is followed by a discussion of the more salient artistic contributions, and then with a discussion of the labyrinth as a popular icon in media and in video games. The way in which the eye traces a composition in painting is compared to the path a stroller might take across a real landscape. The problem is the same for the graphic artist, the architect and the composer: how to break up space and time in order to maximize the interest in and the comprehension of the layout, environment or composition . The nature of this perception is explored in examples taken from graphic design, architecture, painting, urban landscaping, the networks of the Sewers of Paris, the catacombs, the configuration of paths and walkways, modular design and the role of change and variation in generating intrinsic interest in each. The Chinese Garden, recent playground design as "learning environments", the M.I.T. Architectural design studios and other examples are mentioned to show the convergence of a variety of intentions. Change ringing and serial music show too the interest in the use of combinatorial techniques to generate unity and variety. This interest in variation is shown to be an essential part of learning and play. In literature the metaphor of the labyrinth again contrasts the opposition between the rational and the irrational. Forms in nature, mathematical proportion and series, Artificial Intelligence, maze solving and generating algorithms are suggested as sources for design. The Thesis Labyrinth is discussed in detail as well as the formulations that led to it. Future speculations concerning the labyrinth as a sonic installation occupy the final section and the thesis concludes with Greg Bright's Caveat. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Gregory Patrick Garvey. en_US
dc.format.extent 151 leaves 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
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Labyrinths en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Labyrinths in art en_US
dc.title Labyrinthos en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.S.V.S. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 09343495 en_US


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