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Squint / Unsquint: Associative Composition as a Key to Facade Analysis and Design

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dc.contributor.author Carrigan, Colin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-09T14:07:29Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-09T14:07:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13991
dc.description.abstract This study explores compositional abstraction in architecture. The act of squinting adopts propositions from Christopher Alexander and structuralist Marcel Mauss. An analytical method based upon element density and regularity is tested through residential facade studies. Observed limitations prompt the introduction of a third axis of exceptionality. Generative possibilities are investigated through a series of facade games. Focus turns to the facades of parking garages as a neutral background for the examination of compositional qualities. Notable garages are examined, and local design guidelines are critiqued. Finally, a garage in Halifax, Nova Scotia is redesigned. Compositional ambiguities inherent in the existing confi guration prompt the introduction of an alternative, associatively rich diaphragm system based upon the compositional and structural logic of trees. A review of the associative method notes its value as an explicit decision-making tool, but suggests that key formal moves remain beyond the generative scope of organizational modelling. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Architecture en_US
dc.subject Facade en_US
dc.subject Composition en_US
dc.subject Parking garage en_US
dc.subject Associative composition en_US
dc.subject Design en_US
dc.subject Analysis en_US
dc.title Squint / Unsquint: Associative Composition as a Key to Facade Analysis and Design en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.date.defence 2011-07-06
dc.contributor.department School of Architecture en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Architecture en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner Deborah Gans en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Steve Parcell en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Noel Fowler en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Emanuel Jannasch en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US

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