A Measure of Time A Sense of Place

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2005-07-13

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Virginia Tech

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Sustainable design is often conceived of only in terms of applied technologies, without a concern for quality of life of residents. This thesis is an investigation of sustainable design that meets standards of quality of life for residents. The study focuses on balancing the needs for integration with the existing context and maintenance of privacy for the residents, and on heightening peopleâ s responsiveness to and awareness of daily and seasonal phenomena. The goal of this investigation is to create a residence that heightens the inhabitantsâ psychological connection with the outdoor environment, and thus enhances their quality of life.

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Sustainability, Daylight, environmental, environment, material, entrance, boundary, family space, personal retreat, Virginia, Light, context, time, daily, season, seasonal, Roanoke, scale, privacy, site, neighborhood, sustainable, domain, region, regional, community

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