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dc.contributor.authorPerez-Betancourt, Laura Josefinaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:45:09Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:45:09Z
dc.date.issued2002-02-24en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-09102004-231519en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/35003
dc.description.abstractThe resonance of a knock on a door uncovers its density. The smell of a wall describes its materiality. The texture of a floor may invite us to sit or lay down. The smoothness of a handrail comforts our ascent. Human skin is a powerful material that enables us to perceive and understand our surroundings. Skin is highly expressive; based on its color, texture, wear and plasticity we can read it, gathering information concerning culture, ethnic background, age, abuse, health and the tasks it performs on specific body parts. Skin itself reads as it is readable. Our skin can gather data through tactile perception and read our spatial surroundings. Architecture is an expressive act and the only discipline that stimulates all of our senses. An architect designs spaces that foresee and celebrate the bodily interaction of the inhabitant. The architecture of the 21st century seems to be geared toward a more optic experience, an influence of the digital world and its widespread effect. The architectural body of modern construction is made up of skins that convey no intentions of interaction between human skin, delivering a concoction of low quality materials that time and again are layered the same way and only aim to be cost efficient. The result is a bland, empty and "flat" experience. In a culture dominated by visual stimulation, can the design of architectural skins aid in the reading and understanding through touch of an architectural body's spatial sequence?en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspart04ReadingSkins_proposal.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart05ReadingSkins_toolsofinvestigation.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart06thesisplates_firstfloorplan.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart07thesisplates_secondfloorplan.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart08thesisplates_thirdfloorplan.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart10thesisplates_section_hillramp.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart11thesisplates_section_entrancegardens.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart12thesisplates_siteplan_eastelevation.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart01_02titleandabstract.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart03acknowledgments.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart09thesisplates_model.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart13thesisplates_southelevation.pdfen_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.subjecttactilityen_US
dc.subjecttouchen_US
dc.subjectbrailleen_US
dc.subjectskinen_US
dc.subjectblinden_US
dc.subjectschoolen_US
dc.titleReading Skins: A Braille Learning Facility in Old Town Alexandriaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentArchitectureen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitectureen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairEmmons, Paul F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHolt, Jaanen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFrascari, Marcoen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-09102004-231519/en_US
dc.date.sdate2004-09-10en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-05-16
dc.date.adate2005-05-16en_US


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