Beyond rhetoric : a personal quest for an organic architecture : the Juanita Hults Environmental Learning Center

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dc.contributor.advisor Hill, William W. Darrall, Mark T. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:52:43Z 2011-06-03T19:52:43Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1997 .D37 en_US
dc.description.abstract As the world approaches the millennium, the United States finds itself in much the same position as it was at the close of the nineteenth century: an economic and military power with few clearly defined.missions in the world. Now, as then, the United States is able to look inward, both as a nation and as a body of individuals.We have found that our house needs some fixing up. Just as our late-Victorian predecessors grappled with the effects of industrialization, we are seeking ways to bring the various forces of our lives into better balance. Americans, currently locked in a cynical consumerism, are slowly becoming wary of their growing detachment from spirituality. This is evidenced in a resurgence in participation in traditional religious life and the growing interest in belief systems other than,the Judeo-Christian. Eastern faiths are becoming more popular, as are various other beliefs.Phase One of the Thesis Project will entail an historical overview of the movement known as Organic Architecture in the United States from its origins in the mid-1800s till now, and will attempt to place Organicism within the broader context of changes in American religious culture over the years. The current state of Organic (also known as Reflexive) philosophy will also be discussed, with the brief introduction of the newer environmental aspects of design as they pertain to a possible enrichment of organically designed buildings. Material to be researched for this phase of the project includes reprints of various historic documents, including religious scriptures, as well as copies and transcriptions of various writings and publications of the Prairie School architects and those who influenced them. A number of scholarly treatments of this subject will also be referenced.Phase Two will involve the programming, planning and design of an environmental educational facility to be located on the Hults Farm owned by BSU and managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Representatives of the Department will be directly involved in the design process. Assisted by the use of low energy and healthy building techniques, the design will emphasize interactions between all beings as well as the interaction of all of these with the building itself and the environment. This integration and interaction represents the core theme of organic architecture: All systems are bound together, supporting each other. The extent to which a building's users are lifted, both physically and spiritually, is determined by the extent to which these interactions are felt and beneficial.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 91 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.subject.other Ball State University. Juanita Hults Environmental Learning Center. en_US
dc.title Beyond rhetoric : a personal quest for an organic architecture : the Juanita Hults Environmental Learning Center en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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