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dc.contributor.authorHudson, Derek Michaelen_US
dc.description.abstractThrough the study of architecture, and the thermal bath, one must ask, â How can the experience of springwater, heavy, stone walls, and light contribute to the ritual of bathing?â The making of stone walls is the nature of the bath.

The wall is the primordial state of architecture, and is given autonomy through its passion. The beginning of architecture is mass, and the articulation of it is in the carving, and shaping of the mass to form a place. The passion of the wall is in the power of its nature for placemaking. Not just ordinary place but place for one to sit, and a place that you, or I can inhabit, a near forgotten element of the pre-industrial era of architecture. This is the power of the ruin. The ruin allows for the notion of placemaking (which for the ruin is place-made). The ruin is stripped of all necessity, it is there as the object of architecture, and as the beginning for potential life. The ruined buildingâ s infill is gone, and what is left are the bones of the building, the permanent, the solid, and the everlasting.

But why so much importance upon permanence and lasting in an impermanent world? Because for the very reason that one from another life, or civilization stumbles across a meadow, and upon it rests a thermal bath, in ruin. The ruin, lit only by the sun, reveals itself. In shadow and light, one can then understand the poesis of architecture, and the whisper of architecture will be heard. The public will be moved, and will say, â architecture has moved me, and has touched my soul.â This is permanence amidst the impermanent.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 2003.H837en_US
dc.titleA Thermal Bath for Eggleston, Virginia: The Making of Water, Stone, and Light.en_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen_US of Architectureen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairO'Brien, Michael J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBrown, William W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWeiner, Frank H.en_US

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