A Monument to Myself
Vargas, Olivia G.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references
"Fundamentals of architecture have been used for centuries to deliberately define relationships among individuals, interest groups, cities, and nations. Those relationships, whether conflicting or not, are often centered on power. Architecture plays an intentional communicative role by expressing cultural and symbolic associations in their aesthetic character, which effects the democracy of a space. Landmarks of neoclassical architecture in history can attest to the power that architecture lies in our lives. This study aims to understand what elements and design choices have been made in the past that have influenced, controlled and dictated what a sign of authority means in a space that is controlled by an influential position. This framework of deliberate control has been used in ordinary typologies that instead of embracing free will, they exert influence that induce a subliminal environment that ultimately conditions the user experience. Therefore, a building can be many things: a stylistic statement, a form shaped to its function, or a reflection of its era. This thesis will focus on presidential libraries as they are an essential part of our history because they were designed to portray and recollect the important events and historical moments of their government of their time." --Abstract
CHAIR: Singeisen, Scott R.
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