4 urban houses

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Virginia Tech


This thesis is a search for a position about architecture. The position which I have been exploring is found in the simplicity of the forms, geometry and conditions in the architecture of the Shakers and the Ticino architects in Switzerland. The formal simplicity of this architecture allows for a clarity in the relationship between light, construction and space. This position 1s investigated through the design of four contiguous houses which are one point “..in the slow unfolding of form.”.

This project looks at autonomous architecture and its generation as the manipulation of simple geometries. Inherent in the idea of architectural autonomy is the notion of architecture as an object of pure form. As formal objects, these houses explore the ability of architecture to be generated from within. However, realizing that form and geometry alone do not necessarily equal architecture, these houses find architecture within the complex relationships between geometry, light, space and construction.