Intrinsics: An Exploration in Tectonic Expression
Flick, Donald Burton Jr.
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I've titled my thesis, "Intrinsics" because my architectural design is an attempt to respond to what is inherent in the materials, in the way materials are joined, in the flow of forces through the structure, in the site and surroundings, and in the human nature of a person using the building type I'm designing. This is a tectonic approach, so my thesis is also "An Exploration of Tectonic Expression" with a Montessori school as a project vehicle. The site is next to the Roanoke Public Library in Elmwood Park in Roanoke, Virginia. The primary materials are glue-laminated wood beams and arches, metal connectors, and reinforced concrete walls. I explored what can happen if each layer of a glue-laminated member is allowed to act independently, separating from the girder in appropriate places to recombine into a new whole. The monolith transforms into a pattern of parts.
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