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dc.contributor.authorGal, Yun Kyungen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:50:47Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:50:47Z
dc.date.issued2008-12-10en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-12242008-190524en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36441
dc.description.abstractThe notion of good living when related to habitation is, particularly in the United States, often associated with houses or apartments of large square footage. This demand for large spaces leads to compromises in architectural integrity and construction quality. In an architectural sense, good living is not directly related to the quantity of space. In this thesis, I argue that spatial quantity does not necessarily improve peopleâ s lives. Additionally, an excess of space often leads to investments in superficial conventions and products which can be associated with a consumer driven iconic representation of good living. At closer examination, most of these goods and products are disconnected from the most essential qualities of life and contribute little to the quality of our human relations. From an environmental standpoint, large under-used spaces require a larger footprint, i.e. larger parcels of land, with a greater consumption of construction materials and increased maintenance and energy demands over the extended â lifeâ of a house. In this thesis work I will attempt to search for unique and substantial qualities within a house that is designed to be of a very small square footage. The design philosophy for A Very Small House has, at its core, only the most essential qualities of domestic space. For the personal life of the inhabitant: a refined place to cook, a refined place to bathe, a refined place to sleep. For the life of the inhabitant as a member of a family or a community: a refined place to gather and a refined place to extend. I use the word refined in this context to mean: very subtle, precise, or exact. A means of ennobling an act or a spaceen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartYun_Gal_A_Very_Small_House.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.subjectArchitectural Strategies for Small Dwellingen_US
dc.subjectIntimateen_US
dc.subjectRefineden_US
dc.titleA Very Small House: Designing for Good Livingen_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.committeechairSchnoedt, Heinrichen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberThompson, Steven Rossen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRott, Hans Christianen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberO'Brien, Michael J.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12242008-190524/en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-12-24en_US
dc.date.rdate2009-02-02
dc.date.adate2009-02-02en_US


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