A paradigm for Kemetic architectural design : the beginnings of a Kemetic architectural design language
Author(s)Riley, James Preston
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
William L. Porter.
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Kemetic [Egyptian] architecture is highly recognizable. In particular, there was a distinct monumentality to its religious architecture. As well, familiar design characteristics permeated many of them. These edifices continue to be a source of discussion and debate. Opposing interpretations range in opinion; from traditional and conservative to embedded with scientific and mathematical knowledge. In this thesis, I investigate one facet of the Kemetic architectural tradition. I will first define tradition and architectural tradition. Second, I will identify the main themes. They include the Kemetic architectural continuity; the Kemetic architectural design principle; and, the determinants of the architectural design principle. The themes assist in further understanding underlying components of Kemetic architecture. To demonstrate these points, the Kemetic temple plan is used as a reference point for discussion. In the conclusion, it is my intention to bridge opposing areas of discussion to enhance them and advance the comprehension of Kemetic architecture.
Thesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1996.Includes bibliographical references (p. 59-60).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology