Impression of DC: Research for Basic Element of Architecture in Three Dimension
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For finishing this thesis, I want to rethink the meaning of architecture after studying architecture in these years. I reviewed buildings in the world. In the process of reviewing, I analyzed these buildings by the method which called finite element method. The finite element method is usually used for analyzing the complex system of structure. In this system, The line is the basic element for a one dimension. The plane is the basic element for a two dimension. By following this logic, the cube is the basic element for the three dimension. After some researches for cube in architecture and geometry, I found there were a lot of examples for using cube to design. And for cube itself, there were many properties. Then, I decided to use cube to design the building in my thesis. And in the process for designing, I understood the meaning of architecture and design better than before. For finishing this design, I related Washington, D.C. with my design. So I designed a multi-function museum for this city to help people to understand how this city was built in the history. As a landmark building, this building, "Impressions of DC," is a result of this thesis study and exploration of the cube.
General Audience Abstract
It is easy to build a building. But for building a city, it is much harder. For building a city, this is a long process. And in this process, many important moments would happen. The city, Washington, D.C., was also built after many important moments. As one of most important capitals in the world, this city has suffered many disasters and survived in the process of history. There are many museums in this city to record the history of this country, but there is not a good museum to record the history of this city. So, I decided to design a building for this great city. This building would also become a good place to help people understand this city. This building would become a new landmark for this city. I decided to design this building in a special site, the Hains Point. This site is close to the Potomac River and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. So, it would be easy for that people visit this building. I also want this building become the first impression of DC for people. This is also my thesis title. I used my architecture knowledge and many people's help to design this cube building, "Impressions of DC".
- Masters Theses