Semper liberi

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dc.contributor.advisor Dotson, Olon F. Allen, Kelly S. en_US 2011-06-03T19:54:37Z 2011-06-03T19:54:37Z 2005 en_US 2005
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 2005 .A45 en_US
dc.description.abstract Although alternative building types could have been chosen to test the thesis, my familiarity with horses and horsemanship led me to explore the question through the design of an equestrian center. In this building type, protecting the public safety requires thinking on more than one level. Clearly the public must be protected from a building that falls down, or has inadequate ventilation or from myriad other concerns affecting public safety that are inherent to any building type. But in an equestrian center, like a zoo, the animal and the public, in addition to being protected by the building, must also be protected from each other. It is important that the planning and physical barriers required to achieve that protection should not limit the ability of the horse and rider to interact with each other and the observers. How these issues are resolved will serve to test the thesis statement and show how that resolution has affected the planning and design of the building.In researching factors that would impact the project, it was difficult to determine “health, safety, and welfare” as it applied to horses. My research concluded that there were no building codes that gave architects direction in this respect, so common-sense, my experience with raising and riding horses, and simple logic became my guide. I first developed the physical psychometrics of horses by measuring the spaces required to feed, house, care for, and maneuver them.Using this data, a guide for these activities that included consideration of the architectural, cultural and contextual factors was developed. When data about the animal occupant was combined with that readily available for the human occupant, I found that the whole was greater than the sum of the parts and that the design would be guided by the interaction between and among the horse, the rider, the caretakers, and the public.The primary objective of this thesis is to prove that the health, safety and welfare of both animals and people could be uniquely and aesthetically incorporated into a single project. I also wanted to show that the codes and regulations designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public could, with thought and careful planning, become more than a check list. It was determined that it is difficult to create a building that satisfies all the elements of the building codes, but it is much more difficult to create one that meets those criteria and is also functional and inspiring. The project supports the idea that while codes and regulations, although sometimes difficult to understand and apply, are not a barrier to creating an inspiring and beautiful building. A simple example of this can be seen in the design of the exterior horse-stall doors and their rhythmic placement in the building elevations and in the tacking areas where the saddle stand becomes part of the window shelf.If this project is to be taken to the next level, I would incorporate the notions of sustainability and the use of environmentally friendly materials into its development. In conclusion, I have found that virtually every decision an architect makes in the planning and design of a building, affects the health, safety and welfare of the public, and impacts the design of the building.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 65 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.) en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title Semper liberi en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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