The Arcadia Scriptorium

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dc.contributor.advisor Underwood, James R.
dc.contributor.advisor Wyman, John E. Yates, Christopher M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:51:18Z 2011-06-03T19:51:18Z 1998 en_US 1998
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1998 .Y37 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this age of computers, TV and multimedia... Is print dead? Why has the written word become so lost in all the technology? I enjoy the written word, I enjoy writing, I like the feel of paper between my fingers, the weight of a book in my hand. .. To me it is higher art than Picasso, or Michelangelo or Kandinsky, more architectural than Palladio or Wright or Corbu, more meaningful than any philosophy, more basic than any religion.Could it be dead? Could we be experiencing the last vestiges of the age of the written word? Could I be so antiquated to believe this way?I doubt it! I think, in someway, all people share some of the same ideas I have just expressed. No matter how much somebody types into a computer, how often does it occur to them not to print it out? No matter how old you get, when does the note from your mother on the napkin in your lunch stop meaning something?The written word is not dead, it is just laying low for a while. It is reasserting itself as a dominant form of nonverbal communication. Words are the only thing still free from the commercialism of the western world today (unless you count Michael Crichton), you don't have to pay anybody to write a word down. The meaning behind the written word is among the most expressive of humanity. But what is it we have a tendency to remember the most? The sound bytes from countless movies and TV shows. Our society is so dependent upon TV and other forms of visual communication that we have forgotten how to remember anything that is more than a few seconds long. It is said that the Iliad and the Odyssey were epic poems recited by bards travelling the countryside. They did not read these, they remembered them, and the next generation remembered them. Once the written word came around and was in wide use, people stopped trusting their memory and started to trust the word. For a long time this has been the case, people remembering the words on the paper, until now. I am guilty of it, remembering the ten second sound byte, in fact, my friend and I can have an entire conversation based on quotes from different movies. In this we present all our different feelings and expressions. But it still does not instill in me the same feeling as reading a book or writing a poem. I want to get back to the idea that words on paper mean something, that they can evoke space and emotion and belief better than almost all forms of communication.I wanted to create someplace that people can go to and understand the best of literature, to explore the evolution of the language, to believe in something that has become lost. The written word has no home, books have a home in libraries, art has a home in galleries, TV has a home in the family room. But where does the written word go to be home... The memory of those who have read it. This place I have created will express, exhibit, and communicate those feelings of what has been written, what has been read, and what will be written in the future. I wanted to give people a place that glorifies the written word. While much art is becoming progressive and technology advanced, it is the basis of all this, the word, that still gives the most meaning. That is why I designed the Arcadia Scriptorium.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 69 leaves : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm. + 1 CD-ROM. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title The Arcadia Scriptorium en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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