A True Nostalgia
Schminke, Elizabeth Susan
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (p.137-139).
This investigation strives to determine the reason why historic buildings cause us to feel nostalgic, it is not because of their age or status as modern anomalies, but rather that they possess inherent qualities of humanism. The buildings of the past were designed and constructed in a manner that facilitated the careful blending of functional requirements, regional guidance, and technical availability. These practical elements were considered equally as important as the fundamental human qualities of scale, proportion, and balance. By using design as a tool for inquiry and analysis, those lessons learned from the form, materials, details, and structure can inform our current practice. Through the application of these phenomenological design principles in contemporary context, we will once again value our buildings and choose to maintain them, not because they are old, but because they are places where we want to live.
CHAIR: Rogers-Varland, Julie
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