Between Regional And National Identity: Spectacle And Festival In Modern Japan, 2013 Bridgewater State University
Between Regional And National Identity: Spectacle And Festival In Modern Japan, Sean H. Mcpherson
2013 New England Association for Asian Studies Conference
Distinctive cultures of display and spectacle mark the regional diversity of Japanese festivals. At the same time, material and ritual links among these traditions speak to broader forces of cultural standardization and commodification. This paper examines the mobile architecture and wood sculpture of festival floats (dashi) in central Japan as discursive and material markers of the connections between local Shintō festivals (matsuri) and broader agendas of nationalism in modern Japan. The Chita peninsula in Aichi prefecture is famous for dashimatsuri, Shintō shrine festivals featuring the procession of huge, wheeled floats called dashi. I argue that the recurrent reinvention of festive ...
Working With Paul Rudolph To Make Rudolph Work: Reclaiming, Conserving, And Adapting Sarasota High School (1958), 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Working With Paul Rudolph To Make Rudolph Work: Reclaiming, Conserving, And Adapting Sarasota High School (1958), Katherine Marie Armstrong
Sarasota High School, designed by Paul Rudolph in 1958, physically embodies the central ideas of Regional Modernism that developed in Sarasota, Florida in the 1940s and 50s. Covered breezeways, monumental sunshades, deep overhangs, and sliding glass doors promote natural ventilation and sun shading as ways to deal with Florida’s hot climate. As an example of progressive architecture of the time, it is a seminal work of Rudolph’s and significant to Sarasota’s architectural legacy of climatically responsive, modernist buildings that captured international attention.
Sixty years later, Sarasota High School is now unoccupied and in a state of disrepair ...
Space, Ritual, Event: Constantine's Jubilee Of 326 And Its Implications On Urban Space, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Space, Ritual, Event: Constantine's Jubilee Of 326 And Its Implications On Urban Space, Brian Christopher Doherty
Architecture has been characterized as the study of space. But this notion presupposes that the edifices created are not irrevocably tied to the activities, the rituals that activate them as part of a greater whole. As a historical example, Constantine's triumph of 312 and the subsequent jubilee celebrations of 326 will be examined in order to illustrate the way in which architecture, literature, and history coincide to further Constantine's imperial legitimacy and usher in a return to solitary rule within the Roman Empire.
Main Street: An Avenue Of Culture And Commerce, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Main Street: An Avenue Of Culture And Commerce, Gregory Ralph Morrison
Influenced by theme parks and a desire to “revive” the past, we often nostalgically consider Main Street as a homogeneous entity, relegating its existence to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries alone. Investigation into the history of Main Streets across the United States, as well as more specific analysis of Main Street in Memphis, TN reveals the fallacy of this assumption. Main Street has had a rich and complex history. Strengthening the presence of this true past, rather than relying solely on its fabricated history, offers a tremendous opportunity for cities to capitalize on their history. To build in a way ...
Reconnect: A New Identity For Suburban Commercial Space, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Reconnect: A New Identity For Suburban Commercial Space, Robert Michael Thew
In this thesis, I address a critical situation found today within the American suburbs. Many suburban developments lack human scale and places for community interaction traditionally found in the downtown model of the city. The places of interaction, or forums, are inherent in the downtown model and are built into the block structure, and close to where people live. They promote multiple uses and the healthy interaction of the residents of the community. In the suburban model, the places of interaction are separated from neighborhoods and residences, they are highly insular and geared towards a single purpose, usually shopping.
Fumihiko Maki And His Theory Of Collective Form: A Study On Its Practical And Pedagogical Implications, 2013 Washington University in St. Louis
Fumihiko Maki And His Theory Of Collective Form: A Study On Its Practical And Pedagogical Implications, Xi Qiu
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
This thesis seeks to reexamine Fumihiko Maki’s Investigations in Collective Form (1964) from a historical and educational point of view, speculating the practical and pedagogical implications of Maki’s collective form theory. Firstly, to better understand the formation of both the writer himself and the book, the historical context in the 1950s and 1960s will be unfolded to reveal what Maki had encountered during his formative years that had contributed to his cross-cultural background and had inspired his thoughts in the book. Secondly, the three paradigms and the notion of linkage, as proposed in the book, will be analyzed ...
The Vestiges Of The Sacred, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Vestiges Of The Sacred, Benjamin James Wathen
University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects
No abstract provided.
The Urban Slum As A Model For Sustainable Development: Case Study: Villa 31, 2013 Northeastern University
The Urban Slum As A Model For Sustainable Development: Case Study: Villa 31, Erica Garfinkel
Honors Junior/Senior Projects
No abstract provided.
Architecture Of Textiles: Design Thinking For Local Contexts, 2013 Northeastern University
Architecture Of Textiles: Design Thinking For Local Contexts, Chelsea Brown
Honors Junior/Senior Projects
No abstract provided.
A Nation In Its Prime: A Pentadic Study Of Walt Disney World's Main Street, U.S.A., 2013 Liberty University
A Nation In Its Prime: A Pentadic Study Of Walt Disney World's Main Street, U.S.A., Casey Guise
The purpose of this paper is to consider the entrance to Walt Disney World, Main Street, U.S.A., as a rhetorical text and apply Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad. Background is provided on rhetorical theory and The Disney Company. Meanings are derived from messages interpreted using semiotics and symbolic interaction within the location. The significance of Main Street, U.S.A., as a replica of historic architecture and an illustration of revival architecture in creating emotive messages is discussed. Further discussion includes the implications of this study on corporations and the field of rhetorical studies in addition to suggestions ...
From Ashes To Architecture: Memorialization At Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 2013 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
From Ashes To Architecture: Memorialization At Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Sara Elyse Kaplan
Graduate Research Symposium (GCUA)
Buchenwald concentration camp, located in Weimar, Germany, was a place of suffering, cruelty and death during World War II and during the first five years of the cold war. As many were tortured and perished there, it has since become a place of remembrance. Being one of the few concentration camps to not be destroyed by the Nazis before they could be liberated, since its final closure in 1950 numerous memorials have been erected to commemorate the events that took place and the people who fell victim to those events. Following several theorists four of the memorials at Buchenwald are ...
The Publicity Of Monticello: A Private Home As Emblem And Means, 2013 University of Puget Sound
The Publicity Of Monticello: A Private Home As Emblem And Means, Benjamin Block
This paper examines how the private home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, was, in fact, designed and constructed in many ways as a public building. By examining how Jefferson created the spaces that would have been visited by guests to Monticello, one can see that visitors were intended to have meaningful, affecting experiences at the home. I have broken down the study of these experiences into two parts: the first examines Monticello as a personal emblem of Jefferson’s aesthetic and political philosophy; the second explores Monticello as a means to crafting Jefferson's personal vision of America. I argue that ...
Ordered Chaos: The Negotiation Of Space In Deconstructivist Museum Buildings, 2013 University of Puget Sound
Ordered Chaos: The Negotiation Of Space In Deconstructivist Museum Buildings, Sam Mandry
Within this paper I focus on the use of Deconstructivism in Architecture, specifically in a museum setting. I ask if the use of Deconstruction in a museum's design has any effect on how the museum sets up its objects and displays, and if these displays have any effect on the perception of the objects within the museum. I also have found that the use of Deconstructivism is reflective of the shifting purpose in the museum, and the attitudes towards the museum as a cultural institution.
Feasibility Of Reconstructing Decommissioned Urban Schools: Emphasis Private Involvement, 2012 Purdue University
Feasibility Of Reconstructing Decommissioned Urban Schools: Emphasis Private Involvement, George J. Spinaris, Ra
College of Technology Masters Theses
Decommissioned urban schools in the United States have become a problem despite well-intentioned efforts of federal, state and local authorities to reconstruct them. The challenge to school districts, superintendants, local and state authorities is threefold – one arising from the education policy and declining student enrollment. The second challenge is due to inadequate funds for maintenance and renovation of existing facilities. The third from the architectural point of view stemming from an architectural and technological modernity to avoid not so much the possibility of urban sprawl but possible clash of community interests. Urban Sprawl is defined as “The unplanned, uncontrolled spreading ...
From Carson Pirie Scott To City Target: A Case Study On The Adaptive Reuse Of Louis Sullivan’S Historic Sullivan Center, 2012 University of Nebraska - Lincoln
From Carson Pirie Scott To City Target: A Case Study On The Adaptive Reuse Of Louis Sullivan’S Historic Sullivan Center, Lisa M. Switzer
Theses from the Architecture Program
This study provides an in-depth exploration of the adaptive reuse of one of Chicago’s most iconic structures over the course of a year from the Summer of 2011 to the Summer of 2012. The Sullivan Center was converted from a mid-scale retailer to City Target. Through extensive interviews with the Target development team, Chicago city officials, historians and Landmark Commission representatives this study documents the conversion and identifies the successes and opportunities of the project. The study follows the project from design development to completion, and provides insight on the local community perspective on the development.
Advisor: Mark Hinchman
Revitalizing Cities: Adaptive Reuse Of Historic Structures, 2012 Wayne State University
Revitalizing Cities: Adaptive Reuse Of Historic Structures, Sara E. Sharpe
Mid-America College Art Association Conference 2012 Digital Publications
Adaptive reuse is employed when revitalizing an existing infrastructure while maintaining important aspects of the cultural architectural heritage and promoting sustainability. The option to turn away from older structures and build new is a large problem in cities such as Detroit. Historic preservationists are trained to observe a structure’s potential before walking away. Meanwhile interior designers obtain the skills to rejuvenate such buildings for a new use. Case studies have shown the benefits of these two professions teaming up to apply adaptive reuse on historic structures for modern purposes. By studying the creative space planning methods and historic preservations ...
Perform + Function: A Proposal For A Healthy Public Housing Community, 2012 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Perform + Function: A Proposal For A Healthy Public Housing Community, Brandon M. Harvey
PERFORM+FUNCTION: Proposal for A Healthy Public Housing Community
Architecture exists in Place, the integrated context of both the built and natural environments, including socio-economic, cultural, and political climates that influence our growth, development, and survival. As architecture necessitates around human purposes, it is important that architecture is built for and sited in an environment compatible for human well-being. My thesis focuses on human habitation and its immediate relationship with human health, assessing the performance and functionality of Place that have an impact on human health. Using public housing as the vehicle of my investigation, I will seek the appropriate ...
Frank Lloyd Wright: Influences And Worldview, 2012 Olivet Nazarene University
Frank Lloyd Wright: Influences And Worldview, Brock Stafford
M.A. in Philosophy of History Theses
Wright was uniquely qualified to see the changing face of America. Born two years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War, Wright lived to nearly ninety-two years of age. During his lifetime, he lived through the American Industrial Revolution, both World Wars, the Wright Brothers flight, the invention of television.... Architecturally, he straddles the gap between the neoclassical period of the 19th century, marked by the admiration of Greek and Roman architecture, and the modernism of the 20th. Philosophically, he was a product of the early 19th century Romanticism, but followed his own, often ...
Baltimore After The War Of 1812: Where Robert Mills Met His Waterloo And When James A. Buchanan Broke The Bank, 2012 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore After The War Of 1812: Where Robert Mills Met His Waterloo And When James A. Buchanan Broke The Bank, Garrett Power
In 1815 Baltimore City was boom town. Its militiamen had repulsed the British sea invasion and presaged an end to the War of 1812. Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815 signaled an end to European wars. Freedom of the seas had been restored. The Baltimore “Clipper” was the best sailing ship on the ocean. Baltimore looked to become the country’s leading exporter of grain, flour, and tobacco. Merchant James A. Buchanan, a partner in one of the country’s greatest shipping firms, had been named President of the Baltimore Branch of the Second National Bank of the United ...
The Lateran Baptistery: Memory, Space, And Baptism, 2012 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Lateran Baptistery: Memory, Space, And Baptism, David Tyler Thayer
In the fourth century, the Lateran Baptistery was sponsored by Constantine the Great; it is the first extant free-standing baptistery known from the Roman world. In the fifth century, Pope Sixtus III renovated the baptistery through a newly-emphasized spatial hierarchy and the appropriation of some of Rome's most cherished structural elements and decorating themes. The result was a unique space that created a dialogue with Roman memory for the specific function of the baptismal rite it hosted. This thesis will analyze the spatial and symbolic forms, and the baptism ritual to show Sixtus III’s interaction with the Roman ...