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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/596954
Title:
Transitions in Architecture
Author:
Ohnrich, Peter
Issue Date:
2001
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
A city is a structure of single elements that has grown in time and is characterized by political, economical, aesthetic and topographical influences. Looked at it historically, a city is a logical structure, whereas all the single elements add up to a big structure and for each individual city typical overall character. Except for some special and important buildings (mostly churches) the individual buildings interacted with the general city structure and often even with each other. It is my contention that contemporary urban design should work toward the reconstruction of sympathetic interrelationships in urban spaces and buildings. Transitions should be used for interaction to make the pieces work together as a whole. This we experience mainly spatially. But transitions can be achieved in many different layers (social, spatial, thermal...). My research shall help to find out about these different layers individually and how they work together, to define them and finally apply them to a design. The site I chose for the design is the new civic plaza in Tucson, Arizona. The plaza, as part of the Rio Nuevo project, is planned to be the new main plaza for the city with its 800.000 people (year 2000). The site is an empty lot right now; all buildings are roughly laid out in size and function, but not defined in detail. This allows starting the design with the plaza and letting the buildings react to it. Mainly public buildings are supposed to border the plaza. A hotel is located to the east, a parking structure with retail on the north and different museum buildings to the west and south. My goal for the plaza is to create several activity zones of different sizes (spaces for large (outdoor concerts) and small gatherings (private spots within the public space) and different activities (walking, sitting, resting and watching). Different things may happen simultaneously, but also change during a day's or even a year's period of time. Big events like open -air concerts should be possible as well as small events of interaction between few people at the same spot during different times. All these different elements should tie together spatially supported by transitions of material, thermal comfort, light and social aspects and form a big stage of events in a continuous scene. Transitions of different kinds could achieve a change of space without losing the connection to the greater scale. As a person for example is walking from the plaza into a building (museum), he might experience transitions thermally (sun - shade - cooled air and shade - enclosed air - conditioned space) as well as spatially (same floor material inside and outside) or socially as space becomes more and more private (plaza - café area in front of museum - museum lobby - exhibition). As the change of space happens in little steps and each step connects to the previous, a change of space can be achieved without losing the overall gesture. As the plaza is located in the desert, it is important to research the climate as well to be able to establish a good comfort level at specific spaces for people to rest outside within the plaza throughout the year and at different times of day.
Type:
text; Report-Reproduction (electronic)
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Architecture
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Matter, Fred S.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleTransitions in Architectureen_US
dc.contributor.authorOhnrich, Peteren
dc.date.issued2001en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, and the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author or the department.en
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture Master's Theses and Reports collections. For more information about items in this collection, please contact the UA Campus Repository at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en
dc.description.abstractA city is a structure of single elements that has grown in time and is characterized by political, economical, aesthetic and topographical influences. Looked at it historically, a city is a logical structure, whereas all the single elements add up to a big structure and for each individual city typical overall character. Except for some special and important buildings (mostly churches) the individual buildings interacted with the general city structure and often even with each other. It is my contention that contemporary urban design should work toward the reconstruction of sympathetic interrelationships in urban spaces and buildings. Transitions should be used for interaction to make the pieces work together as a whole. This we experience mainly spatially. But transitions can be achieved in many different layers (social, spatial, thermal...). My research shall help to find out about these different layers individually and how they work together, to define them and finally apply them to a design. The site I chose for the design is the new civic plaza in Tucson, Arizona. The plaza, as part of the Rio Nuevo project, is planned to be the new main plaza for the city with its 800.000 people (year 2000). The site is an empty lot right now; all buildings are roughly laid out in size and function, but not defined in detail. This allows starting the design with the plaza and letting the buildings react to it. Mainly public buildings are supposed to border the plaza. A hotel is located to the east, a parking structure with retail on the north and different museum buildings to the west and south. My goal for the plaza is to create several activity zones of different sizes (spaces for large (outdoor concerts) and small gatherings (private spots within the public space) and different activities (walking, sitting, resting and watching). Different things may happen simultaneously, but also change during a day's or even a year's period of time. Big events like open -air concerts should be possible as well as small events of interaction between few people at the same spot during different times. All these different elements should tie together spatially supported by transitions of material, thermal comfort, light and social aspects and form a big stage of events in a continuous scene. Transitions of different kinds could achieve a change of space without losing the connection to the greater scale. As a person for example is walking from the plaza into a building (museum), he might experience transitions thermally (sun - shade - cooled air and shade - enclosed air - conditioned space) as well as spatially (same floor material inside and outside) or socially as space becomes more and more private (plaza - café area in front of museum - museum lobby - exhibition). As the change of space happens in little steps and each step connects to the previous, a change of space can be achieved without losing the overall gesture. As the plaza is located in the desert, it is important to research the climate as well to be able to establish a good comfort level at specific spaces for people to rest outside within the plaza throughout the year and at different times of day.en
dc.description.noteCollege of Architecture provided copy for digitization.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeReport-Reproduction (electronic)en
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitectureen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.chairMatter, Fred S.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMatter, Fred S.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMedlin, R. Larryen
dc.contributor.committeememberSchjetnan, Marioen
dc.contributor.committeememberBlazquez, Oscaren
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/596954en
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