Exploring the potential of the suburban commercial building : nurturing our paths and places
Author(s)Boomer, Marnie Lanore
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In the advancement of commercial and economic interests, modern society continually litters the earth's landscapes with insensitive buildings. When I speak of the environment I mean not only the landscape in which the building sits, but also the environment of the people within the space. This lack of concern typically found in commercial habitation reflects an attitude of an individually oriented, commodity driven, society. With the changing values of society, we are obligated to review the needs of our "lesser" building types. Through a further evaluation of the potential behind commercial architecture, one might offer suggestions to create and habit these spaces in an educated manner. This thesis explores the potential which lies beyond stereotypical expectations of the traditional suburban commercial building. The exploration dreams of a place for people rather than commodity. A marketplace which suggests human activity in relation to nature, culture and experience. Through the introduction of these issues in relation to the supermarket, I propose an alternative view to shopping in an effort to enhance the experience and identity of the individual.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1992.Includes bibliographical references (p. 65-67).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology