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Main Street Revitalization: Woonsocket, Ri, Arnold Robinson 2013 Community Partnerships Center

Main Street Revitalization: Woonsocket, Ri, Arnold Robinson

Architecture and Urban Design

A healthy environment that utilizes local urban ecologies will positively impact the health and well being of the community. It is important to create an environment that will foster understanding and inspire learning about native plants and animals, how to care for them, and how to protect them.


Sophia Academy Roof Garden, Ryan Bonassar, Paul Clark, Robert Clarke, Lisa Fasciglione, April Gaddis, Heather Gillock, Cassidhe Griffiths, Leslie Hulbert, Aexandra Reilly, Chelsea Weibust, Ginna Johnson, Ellen Hasset, Meghan Spratt, Arnold Robinson 2013 Community Partnerships Center

Sophia Academy Roof Garden, Ryan Bonassar, Paul Clark, Robert Clarke, Lisa Fasciglione, April Gaddis, Heather Gillock, Cassidhe Griffiths, Leslie Hulbert, Aexandra Reilly, Chelsea Weibust, Ginna Johnson, Ellen Hasset, Meghan Spratt, Arnold Robinson

Architecture and Urban Design

Concept: The Bay

Taking inspiration from the water around Rhode Island, washed wood decking appears as water with the surrounding plants as the shore. Includes pergola, gathering spaces and vegetable garden.


Trinity Restoration Inc. Theater Design, Arnold Robinson 2013 Community Partnerships Center

Trinity Restoration Inc. Theater Design, Arnold Robinson

Architecture and Urban Design

Problems: (1) Sound travels very quick around the curve of the wall creating a disproportional amount of sound on the opposite ends of the arc. (2) Sounds that start in front of the curve gets reflected back to a focal point. The location of that focal point moves depending on where the sound is located. As a result, loud refocused echoes are created at the focal point. When heard, the sounds seem to come from a mysterious place. The effects of the curved walls are extremely strong and need to be addressed. One common mistake is over applying absorptive material ...


St. Mary's Parish House: Reuse And Rehabilitaion Feasibility Report, Elizabeth DeBlock, Alison Fredericks, Dylan Peacock, Amy Skrzek, Arnold Robinson 2013 Community Partnerships Center

St. Mary's Parish House: Reuse And Rehabilitaion Feasibility Report, Elizabeth Deblock, Alison Fredericks, Dylan Peacock, Amy Skrzek, Arnold Robinson

Historic Preservation

Most windows in the structure are historic and in fair condition, consisting of double-hung, six-over-six, divided-light windows throughout most of the building and 12-over-8 divided- light windows in the gymnasium. Windows on the first story of the south façade, in the school addition, are wooden and one-over-one.


Island Commons Sustainability Center, Tyler Davenport, Garrett House, Emily Hunter, Daniel Khalife, Kayla Maroney, Sarah Payton, Cameron Peahl, Shannon Pitt, Theresa Polly, Catherine Smeykal, Philip Yashinowsky, Loren Byrnes, Arnold Robinson 2013 Community Partnerships Center

Island Commons Sustainability Center, Tyler Davenport, Garrett House, Emily Hunter, Daniel Khalife, Kayla Maroney, Sarah Payton, Cameron Peahl, Shannon Pitt, Theresa Polly, Catherine Smeykal, Philip Yashinowsky, Loren Byrnes, Arnold Robinson

Sustainable Studies

When planning for a trail system on site, the group was asked to design an aesthetically pleasing, universally accessible trails system on the pre-existing property for the center which would act as “sanctity” and peaceful spaces with minimal manipulation of the grounds. The team was asked to incorporate native plants, which would create new sustainable ecosystems, and to develop information stations that would inform visitors about the ecosystem and environment at St. Mary’s. The team was also tasked with finding ways in which local artists could contribute sustainable related artwork to the site.


Urban Design Of Bristol Waterfront, Lower Thames Street, Otto Chan, Jon Cornachio, Jessica Delemos, Eric Figuerdo, Jack Hamm, Kaelen Hunter, Andrew Larson, Edward Law, Jake Levine, Ian Luke, Anastasios Papadopoulos, Jake Wheeler, Ulker Copur, Lauren Bombara, Matthew Eckel, Arnold Robinson 2013 School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

Urban Design Of Bristol Waterfront, Lower Thames Street, Otto Chan, Jon Cornachio, Jessica Delemos, Eric Figuerdo, Jack Hamm, Kaelen Hunter, Andrew Larson, Edward Law, Jake Levine, Ian Luke, Anastasios Papadopoulos, Jake Wheeler, Ulker Copur, Lauren Bombara, Matthew Eckel, Arnold Robinson

Architecture and Urban Design

The marketplace is going to be one of the highlights on Thames Street, serving as a destination for leisure, shopping and dining. The concept of the project is to have indoor space continue out to the water, providing an outdoor space for dining and leisure, but also giving the boardwalk a resting point. The building is planned as two floors, with the fish market and multipurpose area on the first and an eatery, sitting area, balcony and facilities on the second. The building will be made of a light metal frame with panels to enclose the space and is designed ...


Process And Making Of Landscape, Joseph Wood 2013 Syracuse University

Process And Making Of Landscape, Joseph Wood

Architecture Thesis Prep

This thesis seeks to focus its study on geological processes in nature as a tool to both make and read the landscape as if it were a novel; to uncover its myths and to allow the viewer to interpret its past. As Brad Cloepfil of the architecture practice Allied Works has stated, "A landscape that took some ten million years to form, millions of years before the appearance of man, is thereby nudged toward that most unique of human capacities; language." I claim that by extending the definition of making, earth driven processes can be used as tools to study ...


The Publicity Of Monticello: A Private Home As Emblem And Means, Benjamin Block 2013 University of Puget Sound

The Publicity Of Monticello: A Private Home As Emblem And Means, Benjamin Block

Summer Research

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, Sam Mandry 2013 University of Puget Sound

Ordered Chaos: The Negotiation Of Space In Deconstructivist Museum Buildings, Sam Mandry

Summer Research

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.


Emotion, Community Development, And The Physical Environment: An Experimental Investigation Of Measurements, George E. Boone 2013 University of Kentucky

Emotion, Community Development, And The Physical Environment: An Experimental Investigation Of Measurements, George E. Boone

Theses and Dissertations--Community & Leadership Development

A wide range of research fields have studied how emotions and behavior are affected by the physical environment. This gestalt theorist approach of experimental research as well seeks to measure emotion (using the valence-arousal scale) and micro-scale community development interactions when weighted physical environment factors are adjusted. Community development (CD) interactions at the micro-scale have received but slight attention from scholars in the CD research field and this study aims partially to investigate developing objective measures from social observations. CD interactions from recordings along with self-reported emotion through surveys in four quasi-experimental groups (where the environments were constructed based on ...


Place In Transit: Intuitive Methodologies Abroad, Doug Niemann 2013 University of Kentucky

Place In Transit: Intuitive Methodologies Abroad, Doug Niemann

Gaines Fellow Senior Theses

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Incorporating Historic Preservation Into An Accredited Interior Design Program, Reasoning And Application, Jenna M. Woodcox 2013 Wayne State University

Incorporating Historic Preservation Into An Accredited Interior Design Program, Reasoning And Application, Jenna M. Woodcox

Mid-America College Art Association Conference 2012 Digital Publications

Due to the recent decline of the economic situation in the United States, more credibility needs to be established in regard to the professions that are deemed “luxury career paths”. This essay focuses on interior design and historic preservation integration. This literature is intended to bring more credibility and awareness to the interior design field to show outsiders the potential and importance it holds. Most importantly, this proposal is for current designers who are not working in the field, to not give up hope for their design careers and think of ways to reinvent themselves (like choosing a specialty) to ...


A Sustainable Urban Village For The "Six Corners" & "Old Hill" Neighborhoods Of Springfield, Massachusetts, Patricia O'flaherty 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

A Sustainable Urban Village For The "Six Corners" & "Old Hill" Neighborhoods Of Springfield, Massachusetts, Patricia O'Flaherty

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

In the United States, traditional urban centers, particularly in the Northeast, have suffered from neglect, dilapidation, and the general decay of their built environments over the last 50-60 years. Corresponding with this on the social side are increased poverty, unemployment, crime, and the disruption of the family unit.

Our current knowledge of the disciplines of architecture and sustainability can be applied to a built solution that will yield a greater public good. Good design can improve the lives of people by creating homes, neighborhoods, and villages that are comfortable, secure, and sustainable for all of the activities that make life ...


Post-Industrial New England: Repairing The Voids, Jaime Ryznic 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Post-Industrial New England: Repairing The Voids, Jaime Ryznic

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

Decaying urban spaces are common in post-industrial New England. When manufacturing activities withdrew from New England they left holes in the urban fabric. Physical absence of these former economic drivers is easy to note in empty mill buildings, warehouses, and storefronts. Farther reaching impacts of this exodus are less apparent. Jobs went with manufacturing. Raw materials needed to be harvested and made available to manufacturers; the finished products needed to be distributed, sold, and moved; supporting businesses provided for these needs. Many other groups supported manufacturing; some through the management of the companies, some catered to workers’ needs, or the ...


Of Dirt And Decomposition: Proposing A Place For The Urban Dead, Katrina M. Spade 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Of Dirt And Decomposition: Proposing A Place For The Urban Dead, Katrina M. Spade

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

The intent of this thesis is to challenge our society’s existing options for the care and processing of the deceased, and to design a space and a ritual which are both deeply meaningful and ecologically beneficial. The community for whom this architecture is designed currently lacks the religious or cultural rituals which would otherwise guide them through the process of laying of their loved ones to rest. For this community, both traditional burial and cremation are devoid of meaning and culturally irrelevant ways of dealing with the deceased, in addition to being unnecessarily wasteful processes. Likewise, the community for ...


Core-House: A Proposal For Re-Inhabiting Underused Buildings, Thom P. Barry 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Core-House: A Proposal For Re-Inhabiting Underused Buildings, Thom P. Barry

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

This thesis is an exploration of how small independent residential units added one at a time can offer old buildings and the cities they are in the opportunity to gradually grow and change – in a way that isn’t presented by the typical double-loaded corridor build-out.

The first component of this exploration is a modular unit that can be brought into existing buildings and assembled in a flexible layout. This House acts as a ‘Core’ that provides basic shelter, warmth, and a place to sleep and prepare food; the density of this unit allows the surrounding square footage to be ...


Control Of Biodeterioration Of Sandstone On The Fisher Fine Arts Library, Jessica A. Focht 2013 University of Pennsylvania

Control Of Biodeterioration Of Sandstone On The Fisher Fine Arts Library, Jessica A. Focht

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The study focuses on the presence of biocolonization on the Fisher Fine Arts Library, where two visually distinct types of biocolonization are found, green and black. The former grow in the damper, lower courses, while the latter occurs in the middle courses. The top courses of the apse are protected from rain so no apparent colonization is seen there. Biodeterioration is any undesirable change in the properties of a material caused by the vital action of organisms. The most used methods to control and prevent biodeterioration are to eliminate biocolonization through the application of biocides. The presence of biocolonization is ...


Mining The Qualitative From The Quantitative: Re-Evaluating Cemetery Survey For The Field Of Historic Preservation, Kathryn Chambon Diserens 2013 University of Pennsylvania

Mining The Qualitative From The Quantitative: Re-Evaluating Cemetery Survey For The Field Of Historic Preservation, Kathryn Chambon Diserens

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis proposes to critique the process of the survey of historic cemeteries and the data and information that can be generated through them through the eyes of a historic preservationist, focusing on the data collection over the past 30 years at St. Louis Number Two Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through this research, the process of cemetery survey is described from beginning to end, including what brings it about, what types of data are collected by what types of groups, and finally, a brief glimpse into the types of data analysis and measurement that can be done using this ...


Energy Efficiency Programs At All Utilities: An Analysis Of The Factors That Lead Electric Utilities To Invest In Energy Efficiency, Christopher J. Pletcher 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Energy Efficiency Programs At All Utilities: An Analysis Of The Factors That Lead Electric Utilities To Invest In Energy Efficiency, Christopher J. Pletcher

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

While the utilization of energy efficiency has grown in recent years, it has not been distributed evenly across the country. In some states, over 2% of a utility’s budget is spent on energy efficiency; in other states that number is 0. Much of the growth in energy efficiency has been due to state policies and the development utility-level energy efficiency programs. Yet, all utility programs are not created equal. Because they are often exempt from state regulation (and therefore state energy efficiency policy), publicly-owned utilities have traditionally lagged behind IOUs when it comes to EE programs.

This research quantifies ...


Negotiating Postwar Landscape Architecture: The Practice Of Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, Jeffrey Scott Fulford M.D., M.P.H., M.L.A. 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Negotiating Postwar Landscape Architecture: The Practice Of Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, Jeffrey Scott Fulford M.D., M.P.H., M.L.A.

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

While documentation of the work of a select group of modernist landscape architects of the mid-twentieth century is available, little is known about the professional contributions of transitional landscape architects active in the period following World War II. Using selected projects framed by existing literature covering contemporary social, economic, political, and artistic influences, this study examines the career of one such transitional figure, Sidney Nichols Shurcliff (1906-1981). Project descriptions and analysis measure the scope of Shurcliff's work and the degree to which he contributed to the discipline and its transition to modernism, thereby augmenting the history of landscape architecture ...


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