Interpreting structure through intuition : a light rail campus crossing in Seattle
Author(s)Gipstein, David L. (David Lawrence)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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Common to all people is some degree of intuition into aspects of the natural physical laws by which we are bound to The earth. To a large degree This intuitive sensitivity is grounded in our visual registration of the horizon and in The inescapable rooting of ourselves and our structures in gravity. Whether we realize it or not, in some capacity we continually experience, either physically or visually, aspects of These natural structural phenomenon. Ultimately, the subconscious and sometimes conscious registration of These observations and experiences, provides an intuitive basis by which we interpret and understand structure and form. While observing architecture, we both intuitively and rationally respond to The expression of structure within the design. Depending on The extent of structural expression and clarity, we may consequently respond at a rational or conscious level, interpreting meaning in The structure and The design. At These points, where The structure transcends its fundamental purpose of resolving the gravitational forces to The ground, the structure expresses The ideas and spirits driving The design. It is my contention that through a clear understanding of the qualities and intentions of the design, and Attention structural consideration and attention to detail at an intuitive level, structure can ultimately be interpreted and understood at an intuitive level. As a means of exploring this subject, I have selected this design of a Light Rail Station as the project, primarily due to the dominant structural requirements of rail stations in general.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1992.Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-148).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology